Dan Sserunkuma has been the most consistent scorer in the Kenya premier league over the past in 2012, he almost nailed the scoring title but missed by finishing only one goal behind John Baraza. In 2013, he spent much of the first leg on the bench as coach Logarusic preferred Mungai Kiongera and Rama Salim upfront. But he came on strong in the second leg, scoring 8 goals. In 2011, he had six goals, which was four behind Hugo Nzangu who was the leading scorer.
Gor Mahia rarely produces the league’s leading scorer. In fact one might have to go back to the 1990s or even the 1980s to find the last time a Gor Mahia players was the top scorer. In the intervening period, other players like George Odhiambo, Emmanuel Wakata, Steve Okumu and Tom Odhiambo have been among the leading goal scorers.
This season however, Sserunkuma has topped the scoring charts for most of the season and seems destined to capture the scoring crown. With three matches left, Sserunkuma is in the drivers seat with 15 goals. Stepehen Waruru of Ulinzi is breathing down his neck with 11 goals.
But he is nonplussed and insists that winning the league is far more important.
“It is great to be the leading scorer but for me the most important thing is helping Gor Mahia win the title. Two years ago, I scored many goals but it did not give us the title,” he told the Standard.
And he is under no illusions but how difficult the match against Sofapaka will be.
“Sofapaka are a good side who are also keen on winning the KPL title. We expect a tough match against them on Sunday and for this reason, we must all be at our best. It will not be an easy match and we need to maintain our focus all through.
In its 46 year history, Gor Mahia has seen its fair share of deadly strikers. It is difficult to come up with a precise list of who the best strikers ever to don the Kogalo jersey. But below is a sample.
William Ouma “Chege”
Maurice Ochieng “Sonyi”
Nahashon Oluoch “Lule”
Sammy Onyango “Jogoo”
The Two Steves : Odiaga and Okumu
George Odhiambo “Blackberry”
Michael Olunga, He was Known as “The Engineer” because during his stint at Gor Mahia he was pursuing a degree in Geospatial Engineering. Olunga played for Kogalo for only one season (2015). But during that season he left a significant footprint.
Prior to joining Gor Mahia, Olunga had been voted the best player at the 2012 Kenya national secondary schools competition while playing for Upper Hill school. A confident Olunga announced during a TV interview that he would like to play for Gor Mahia. But his career would first take him to Thika United and Tusker where he made very little impression.
It was upon joining Kogalo that his career took off. Despite a slow start, coach Frank Nuttall kept his faith in Olunga who repayed him handsomely. In 2015, Olunga scored 19 league goals to lead Gor Mahia to the title unbeaten. He scored 30 goals for Gor Mahia altogether in 2015 and scored a total of 35 goals in competitive matches including national team matches. Most notably, he was the top scorer in the 2015 CECAFA club cup with 5 goals. He was voted Kenya player of the year in 2015.
After the 2015 season, Olunga left for Sweden where he starred for IF Djugarden, scoring 12 goals in 27 appearances before proceeding to China for a lucrative deal then the Spanish La Liga with Girona