High flying Kenyan striker Michael Olunga has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the just concluded J-League 1.

The award comes after a record breaking season in which the Kashiwa Reysol striker finished as the league’s topscorer with 28 goals.

Olunga’s goals were almost half of the 60 goals his club scored in the entire season and he was instrumental in the club finishing seventh on the log. Reysol, who were promoted from J-league 2 last season, were expected to struggle.

Reacting to the news, the former Gor Mahia striker credited God, his teammates and the club’s fans for the award.

“I want to thank God for this opportunity and blessings throughout this season. Also, the collective effort from myself, my teammates, the entire Kashiwa Reysol fraternity, and fans helped make this dream realizable for me, and for this am grateful,” the striker said.

He becomes the first African to win the award and only the eighth player to win the golden boot and the MVP in the same season.