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January 22, 2018

King: Michael Olunga grabs LaLiga hat-trick as Girona thrashes Las Palmas 6-0

Kenyan forward Michael Olunga gestures after scoring a goal for Girona FC, Saturday, January 13, 2018. /COURTESY
Kenyan forward Michael Olunga gestures after scoring a goal for Girona FC, Saturday, January 13, 2018. /COURTESY

Kenyan attacking sensation Michael Olunga who plies his trade with Spanish side Girona FC on Saturday became the first ever player to score a hat trick in LaLiga for the club.

Olunga also wrote history as the first Kenyan to score in the top flight Spanish league in the game where Girona thrashed Las Palmas 6-0.

The Harambee Stars forward netted the goals in a span of 22 minutes to help the newly promoted side to ninth position on the league table with 26 points.

His goals came in the 57th, 70th and 79th minute at the 13,500-capacity Montilivi stadium.

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated the 23 year old for the exemplary performance.

He tweeted: "Congratulations Michael @OgadaOlunga for making history as the first Kenyan footballer to score a goal in the @LaLiga; and the first player to score a hat-trick for @GironaFC in the Spanish top league. Continue flying the #MagicalKenya flag high."

Opposition leader Raila Odinga also tweeted his congratulatory message saying Olunga's stellar performance will inspire many Kenyan youths.

"Today's accomplishment by @OgadaOlunga will serve as an inspiration to all our young people and we are very proud of him. Well done Olunga."

Olunga’s historical feat comes after a prolonged period of warming the bench for the better part of the final stretch of 2017.

Prior to Saturday’s star performance, the Kenyan international made headlines on September 4 last year when he netted a brace in a friendly match against C.F Ripoll.

The game ended 8-0 in Olunga’s debut appearance for the Catalans. 

The former Gor Mahia striker moved to Girona on September 1, 2017 on deadline day on a season-long loan switch from Chinese side Guizhou Zhicheng where he had been relegated to a reserve team.

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