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Nairobi — Harambee Stars skipper Michael Olunga scored six minutes from time as Qatari giants Al Duhail beat Iranian side Sepahan SC 1-0 in their second match of the AFC Champions League in Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening.
Olunga who missed the opening match against Al Taawuon early last week ensured he returned with an emphatic performance.
He scored with a well timed diving header in the 84th minute, connecting to an Ali Almoez cross from the left to hand new coach Hernan Crespo his first win since taking charge at the club.
The former Argentine number nine was handed the role at the Qatari club after immediate former tactician Luis Castro decided to leave on mutual agreement with the club.
Crespo, himself a revered goal scorer in his hey days surely enjoyed Olunga’s goal and he hopes he can add on to his tally of nine that he scored last season, ending up as the Champions League top scorer despite Duhail being eliminated in the group stages.
⚽ GOAL | 🇮🇷 Sepahan 0️⃣-1️⃣ @DuhailSC 🇶🇦
Michael Olunga scores from a close range to put his side in front 🤩
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#ACL2022 | #FMSvDUH pic.twitter.com/gyvzOGxeat– #ACL2022 (@TheAFCCL) April 10, 2022
Olunga’s side will now take on Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan in their next match on Thursday, looking to pick a crucial win to ensure they fight for top of the table placing.
They are currently third with three points in Group D.
المسابقة: #دوري_أبطال_آسيا 🌏
الهدّاف: مايكل أولونغا ⚽️
🇰🇪 هدّاف #دوري_أبطال_آسيا 2021 مايكل أولونغا @OgadaOlunga يقود 🇶🇦 الدحيل @DuhailSC لتحقيق انتصاره الأول في نسخة 2022 ويفتتح رصيده من الأهداف في المسابقة! pic.twitter.com/AZIPM4a2lU– دوري أبطال آسيا (@theAFCCL_ar) April 10, 2022