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Onuachu Becomes First Nigerian To Win Belgian Golden Shoe

Published by Nairaland on Fri, 14 Jan 2022

<blockquote>The 27-year-old has been rewarded for his outstanding goalscoring record in the Belgian top-flight last season<br><br>Genk striker Paul Onuachu has become the first Nigerian player to win the Belgian Golden Shoe.<br><br>Onuachu was crowned at a ceremony on Wednesday night as he beat off Club Brugge duo Noa Lang and Charles Des Ketelaere to the award.<br><br>The 2021 award recognises the Super Eagles star's performances for the 2020-21 season where he finished as the First Division A top scorer with 33 goals in 38 matches.<br><br>Onuachu becomes the fourth African star to be win the award after DR Congo's Dieumerci Mbokani, Ivory Coast's Aruna Dindane and Morocco's Mbark Boussoufa.<br><br>Article continues below<br>Last year, he finished third in the annual award ranking and Genk chairman Peter Croonen has described his latest success as a boost for the team and the player himself.<br><br>Honestly, I'm surprised, Croonen told the award organisers. I would of course have been incredibly sorry if Paul had not won, but for some reason, I had the unexpected. Now I'm really happy because it's well deserved for Onuachu too.<br><br>Paul is someone who deserves and appreciates every prize. Paul is a collective thinker: he wants to be important for the whole team with his goals, but this individual award is also a recognition that will make him very happy.<br><br>We haven't seen statistics like that of Paul at Genk for a long time. Paul is not only important for his offensive performance but also invaluable defensively.<br><br>We now have a catching up race ahead of us after the winter break. I am convinced that this trophy will help with that. The Golden Boot will give Paul and the team a boost.<br><br>Unfortunately, Onuachu could not join the Super Eagles for their trip to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon owing to injury.<br><br>He is currently working his way back to full fitness with the Belgian league set to return from its winter break on Saturday.<br><br>Onuachu has scored 12 league goals this season for Genk who occupy the ninth spot in the table, 18 points behind leaders Union Saint-Gilloise.<br></blockquote><a rel=ugc href="https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.goal.com/en-us/amp/news/genk-striker-onuachu-becomes-first-nigerian-to-win-belgian/blt974b4579d6b8ca8c">https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.goal.com/en-us/amp/news/genk-striker-onuachu-becomes-first-nigerian-to-win-belgian/blt974b4579d6b8ca8c</a>
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