For many, 2015 is the year that Michael Olunga announced his arrival at the grand stage. It is the year he separated himself from the chaff, utilized the resources around him to faultlessness and got rewarded for it.
As he stood tall at the dais to receive the 2015 Kenyan Premier League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award (the grandest and most lucrative prize in the history of Kenyan football) even the biggest of his critics must have nodded in approval that in episode 2015 of Kenyan football, no other player deserved the award, but Olunga.
A gold-plated wrist watch, a 42’ LG TV, a personalized trophy and Kshs. 1 million are the stuff you’ll be lucky to dream about all at once. But there’s a new sheriff in town who got all that, and more besides, in one fine Wednesday night.
It is opulence, and recognition, that was earned. Earned at the club level. Earned at the international level.
Humble he was in his speech, which is what is needed when you have a couple more hills to surmount on your way to the peak.
Can he topple his 2015 achievements? YES, by 40%.
“I am happy with my performance this year but you have only seen my 60%,” Olunga told FourFourTwoMedia.com.
“I am yet to give my 40%. That is the next level for me and I am sure that God will help me through and achieve I’ll achieve even more.
“Such awards serve to remind you that you are doing things right so for me it’s just putting in more work every single day. We have very good players at Gor Mahia so should I remain, we will work together not only to get individual recognition but win team awards, just like in the 2015 season where we won all but one (GOtv Shield) titles.”
With 39 goals to his name in 2015, it must be scary the thought of the heights he will hit when he glides to gear 110%.
On his next move, the golden boot runner-up said: “That we will have to wait until January. There are still a couple of days left on my contract at Gor Mahia so there’s no need to rush. When the time comes, I am sure my agent and will make the right decision.”
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