Despite struggling to find his footing in club football with Chinese side Guizhou Zhicheng and now Spanish club Girona, Harambee stars forward Michael Olunga has been shortlisted for the CAF African player of the year award.
Olunga was named in the final shortlist of 30 players released on Wednesday evening by the continental football body
The 23-year old former Gor Mahia, Tusker FC and Thika United marksman had a brilliant season last year with Swedish side Djugardens, scoring 14 goals in 39 appearances.
However, once he moved to China with top tier side Zhicheng, he failed to replicate his goal-scoring form and the new foreign quota introduced by the Chinese league managers meant he fell out of favor with the coaches.
The forward has since joined Girona in the Spanish La Liga on loan and has featured in three matches so far though he is yet to open his goals account.
On the national team, Olunga has been a different player altogether and has scored both of Harambee Stars’ goals in the last four matches.
He scored in the 2-1 defeat to Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier, then found the back of a net in a similar defeat to Iraq in a friendly match.
The winner will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee and a panel of Media Experts.
The Awards Gala will be held on January 4th next year in Accra, Ghana.