Super Eagles Striker Joins Amokachi, Babayaro, Ikpeba on List As He Lands Prestigious Award in Europe

Super Eagles Striker Joins Amokachi, Babayaro, Ikpeba on List As He Lands Prestigious Award in Europe

- Nigerian super striker Paul Onuachu has won the Ebony Shoe award thereby becoming the fifth Nigerian to do so

- This comes following his incredible performances for Belgian giants Genk scoring 33 League goals

- Paul Onuachu is now the fifth Nigerian to win the award as the likes of Amokachi, Babayaro have won it

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Paul Onuachu who is a Super Eagles striker has been named as the best African player in the Belgian League for last term and has been given the Ebony Shoe award.

The 27-year-old was superb for his club Genk last term in the League as he beat off competition from Clinton Mata (Angola) and Genk's Theo Bongonda (DR Congo) to win the prestigious prize.

Paul Onuachu last term netted 33 League goals for Genk and helped his side to finish as second best team on the final standings behind Club Brugge.

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Former Super Eagles coach Daniel Amokachi was the first Nigerian to win the award in 1992 before Ikpeba won it in 1993 and Godwin Okpara and Babayaro are the two others.

European clubs interested in the signing of Paul Onuachu this summer even though he has two years left on his contract at Genk.

Paul Onuachu started his football career at Nigerian side FC Ebedei before getting the chance to move to Danish club FC Midtjylland in 2012.

Since joining Genk in 2019, Paul Onuachu has played 60 games for the Belgian side netting 42 goals so far.

He has also played 12 games now for the Super Eagles of Nigerian and has managed to net three goals for the three-time African champions.

Paul Onuachu and wife.
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu and wife holding an award. Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu thanked Nigerians following his late strike that sunk the Squirrels of Benin right in their backyard in Porto-Novo

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the AFCON 2021 showpiece in Cameroon as Onuachu headed home a rebound after a goal-mouth scramble to help his side win 1-0 away from home.

Nigerians had blasted Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for failing to include the Genk striker in the squad despite him scoring 27 goals so far for his club this season.

However, following COVID-19 restrictions which put the availability of some players as uncertain, Rohr finally invited Onuachu for the matches, and he responded well scoring the lone goal in Porto-Novo.

He said: "I'm just going to say thanks to the nation for the push. They've really pushed me to show what I have to show in the national team."

Source: Legit

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