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Stop benching Olunga, Kenyan fans tell Girona coach

Kenyan football fans are urging Girona coach Pablo Machin to stop benching Michael Olunga in the wake of his heroics in La Liga last weekend.

The 23-year-old Kenya international, who has been likened to Dutch star Robin Van Persie in sections of the Spanish media, scored a hat trick on Saturday as Girona thrashed Las Palmas 6-0.

Olunga’s exceptional performance excited Kenyans on social media with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga sending their congratulatory messages via Twitter.

Prior to the heroics against Las Palmas, Olunga had only featured for his club for 93 minutes all season, out of a possible 17 hours of competitive action.

Kenyans fans have now flooded Girona’s official Twitter handle to voice their concerns over lack of playing time for the former Gor Mahia and Tusker player.

“Olunga needs more playing time, try it and be sure of competing with Real Madrid, Barcelona etc and not just being mere participants in the league,” tweeted Frank Orinde.

“He deserves playing time,” said Dennis Otieno.

“Proud of him. He is the reason we watch play,” wrote Sammy jnr.