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Kenya's Olunga turns to Haaland as he scores for Al Duhail in Al Gharafa draw

8:08 AM GMT 03/10/2022
 Michael Olunga of Kenya and Haaland.
Michael Olunga continued with his goal scoring form after he secured a 1-1 draw for Al-Duhail against Al Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League Cup.
  • Olunga has scored seven goals in the competition
  • He has hat-tricks against Al-Markhiya & Al Arabi
  • Kenya captain has now scored in three straight matches

WHAT HAPPENED? In the Round three fixture at Al Egla Training Facility Field 4, Olunga and Duhail found themselves trailing in the 45th minute when defender Mehdi Tahrat put Gharafa ahead against the run of play in the 45th minute.

Duhail were forced to wait until the 71st minute when the lanky Harambee Stars captain powered home with a powerful left-footed effort to make it 1-1.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Olunga has now scored seven goals in the domestic competition in three matches. He scored a hat-trick as Duhail defeated Al-Markhiya 8-3 on September 20 and was at it again with another three goals as they beat Al Arabi 3-2 on September 26.

In the league, he bagged a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Qatar Sports Club on September 7. His superb display has been likened to that of Erling Haaland, who scored a hat-trick as Manchester City demolished their rivals Manchester United 6-3 in a Premier League fixture on Sunday, his third in the Premier League this season.

The 22-year-old Norwegian has netted in six successive top-flight appearances, scored 14 goals already in this campaign and set up three goals for his teammates. He has scored three hat-tricks in three successive league home matches against Cyrstal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Man United.

ALL EYES ON: The Kenyan forward once again proved to be one of the key players for the Red Knights and coach Hernan Crespo with his goal to salvage a draw.

The result saw Duhail remain top of Group B with seven points from three matches. Al Arabi are second on six while Gharafa are third on five.

THE VERDICT: Olunga has so far in this season scored 12 goals, seven in the domestic cup and five in the top-flight. His display implies he will still be the man to beat for the Golden Boot Award this season.

Last season, he won the top scorers award ahead of Ghana's Andre Ayew of Al Sadd after notching 24 goals from 20 appearances.

WHAT NEXT FOR OLUNGA? Olunga and Duhail will return to action with another Qatar Stars Cup game against Al Rayyan at Al Egla Training Facility Field 4 on Saturday before they face Al Shamal at Qatar University Field 4 on October 15.