Olunga to battle Kipchoge for top men’s award

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Kenya's forward Michael Olunga celebrates scoring his team's first goal during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match against Tanzania at the Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019.

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga is among five athletes nominated for the Safaricom Sportsman of the Year Award (Soya).

The winners will be declared during the 2019 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Award (Soya) gala on January 24 in Mombasa.

Olunga faces an a horde of top athletes including World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, Olympic and World champion Conseslus Kipruto, World Half Marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor and World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

Olunga became the first Kenyan to score a brace at the Africa Cup of Nations as he spurred Kenya to a 3-2 victory against Tanzania in the group stage in Egypt June last year.

Olunga was voted man of the match for his efforts in the Tanzania match.

At club level, Olunga – who plies his trade with Kashiwa Reysol in Japan’s second tier – scored 29 goals and provided nine assists in 33 appearances in all competitions.

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