Michael Olunga had a slow start when he joined Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol in in August 2018. He hardly played and at the end of the season they were relegated.
For a player who was used to topflight football a drop to the Japanese second tier league was viewed widely as a massive step down in his career.
Previous to the move to Japan, the former Gor Mahia striker had played for LaLiga outfit Girona – becoming the first East African to score a hat-trick in the Spanish league.
— Ogada Olunga (@OgadaOlunga) September 29, 2019
Olunga, whose slogan is “God above all” decided to remain in Japan to rediscover his scoring mojo and help Kashiwa regain premier league status, a move that appears to have worked fine for his budding carrier.
The 25-year-old has become a cult hero in the eyes of the club’s fans, thanks to his superb scoring form this season.
In 24 matches, Olunga has netted 16 times. The goals include a hat-trick and a number of braces.
Meanwhile, in the stands the fans have devised a special way to hail their star. After every match in which he scores, Olunga joins them in singing the famous Kiswahili song Hakuna Matata.