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Michael Olunga Revives Al Duhail’s Champions League Last 16 Hopes with a Man of the Match Show

Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga was back in action for his club of Al Duhail on Sunday night, this time in the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia.

This was Al Duhail’s second Champions League game this season having lost their Group D opener 2-1 against hosts Al Taawoun on April 7, a game which the Kenya international was not involved.

On Sunday, Olunga was back in action, leading the line for Al Duhail and did not disappoint, scoring the solitary goal as they edged out Sepahan 1-0.

The 28-year-old was also named the man of the match in a game that has riped open Group D and revived Al Duhail’s hopes of making it to the knockout phase.

“Champions League Nights. All thanks and praise to God almighty. Happy to have been named Man of the match in my first ACL 2022 game. God once again, I just say thank you. Nothing without you,” Olunga said a series of posts on his social media accounts.

The Harambee Stars striker won the golden boot last season after scoring nine goals in six Champions League games which were all in the group stage as his team failed to make it to the last 16.

Olunga scored the goals from his 29 shots 15 of which were on target, making him the first Kenyan and Al Duhail player to win the award.

The Al Duhail centre forward also made it to the Team of the Tournament of the tournament.

Sunday’s win thanks to the Kenyan’s goal has seen Al Duhail go level on points with Sepahan who won their opener 3-1 against Pakhtakor Tashkent of Uzbekistan.

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