Michael Olunga hits landmark with Girona hat-trick

Ecstatic Olunga wearing a broad smile after his treble act took him to the history

Michael Olunga, who is on loan from Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng, also became the first Kenyan to score in the Spanish La Liga.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga have joined Kenyans in congratulating Kenyan global forward Michael "Engineer" Olunga after his goals made him the first Kenyan and first Girona player to score a hat trick in La Liga.

The Kenyan global who is on a season-long deal with the newly promoted LaLiga side, scored three goals in 57, 70 and 79th minute to shoot Girona to ninth on the log following a 6-0 win over Las Palmas.

Olunga has played a meagre 136 minutes in five games and the three goals against Paco Jemez's are all he has so far.

He scored three goals in a span of 22 minutes to lift Girona to ninth place on the league table.

The former Gor Mahia, Tusker and Thika United striker then doubled his effort in the 70th minute before completing his hat-trick nine minutes later.

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"Congratulations to Kenyan born Michael Olunga on becoming the first @GironaFC player to score a hat-trick in the Spanish #LaLigaSantander", opposition chief tweeted.

Olunga celebrating with team-mates.

Cristhian Stuani - from the penalty spot - Borja Garcia and Cristian Portu were the other goal scorers on the night.

The team went out and during the first 10 minutes it enjoyed good approaches, with Mojica especially active.

On his part, Raila observed that Olunga's triumph would serve as an inspiration to generations to come.

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