Michael Olunga has been shortlisted in the 30-player list for the Caf African Player of the Year award in 2017.
He is the only Kenyan on this list, joining the decorated company of star names such as Sadio Mané (Senegal and Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool), Denis Onyango (Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns), Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast and Manchester United) and last year’s runners up Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon), all of whom are favorites to win the award.
The former Gor Mahia striker becomes the second Kenyan to make the shortlist after Victor Wanyama of Tottenham. Thirty (30) players each have been nominated for the two top most categories.
Olunga currently features for Spanish side Girona FC after joining on loan from Chinese Super League. However, the towering striker is yet to score a goal in La Liga, mostly warming the bench.