J1 League Golden Boot winner joined Al-Duhail on On Saturday and Japanese League pays tribute to him
The J1 League top scorer first game in Qatar was not auspicious for Al-Duhail as it ended in a 3-1 defeat against leaders Al-Assad. The 26-year-old Kenyan striker played 67 minutes in the match but did not do anything and was the only spectator of Baghdad Bounedjah's hat-trick.
Olunga played for two seasons in Japan with Reysol, and last year he became the first African player to win the J1 League MVP award. Olunga also scored 28 goals for Reysol and became the tournament's top scorer.
The J1 League has now taken to their social media pages to wish the player good luck in the new team by stating: "As he heads on his next adventure in Qatar, we want to thank Michael [Olunga] for his time in League and wish him good luck.
"Farewell to the 2020 Meija Yasuda J1-League MVP, farewell to the 2020 J1 League top scorer, farewell to Michael Olunga, and good luck to you, Engineer...Our Engineer!"
The statement continued: "Kenyan superstar Olunga led not the Kashiwa Reysol attack, but the entire J1 League with his goal-scoring prowess.
"The forward's 28 goals were 10 more than anyone else and earned him the league's MVP award, few players have made as massive an impact as Michael Olunga in such a short space of time."
Al Duhail announced on Saturday that they have signed a three-year contract with the former Gor Mahia striker.
"The club's management have succeeded in signing a contract with the top scorer in the Japanese League, with a professional contract for three seasons, coming from Kashiwa Reysol," the club statement read.
Al Duhail are second in the Qatar Stars League with 27 points from 14 matches, and they trail leaders Al Sadd by 11 points.