The 27-year-old was rewarded for his outstanding goal scoring record last season
Genk striker Paul Onuachu became the first Nigerian player to win the Belgian Golden Shoe.
Onuachu was honored at the ceremony on Wednesday night, beating Club Brugge duo Noa Lang and Charles de Keteraère.
The 2021 award recognizes the performance of the Super Eagles Star in the 2020-21 season and finished as the top scorer in First Division A, scoring 33 goals in 38 games.Editor’s recommendations
Onuachu became the fourth star in Africa after Diu Melsim Bokani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Aruna Dindane in Côte d’Ivoire, and Mbark Boussfa in Morocco.
Last year he finished third in the annual awards ranking, and Genk Chairman Peter Krunen describes his latest success as a boost for the team and the players themselves.
“To be honest, I’m surprised,” Croonen told the award organizer. “Of course, I was incredibly sorry if Paul couldn’t win, but for some reason something unexpected happened. I’m really happy now that it’s suitable for Onuachu.”
“Paul is a person who deserves and appreciates all the awards. Paul is a collective thinker. He wants to have his own goals and be important to the whole team, but this individual award is for him. It is also an award that makes you very happy.
“I haven’t seen statistics like Genk’s Paul for a long time. Paul is very important not only for offensive performance, but also for defense.
“Now there is a race to catch up after the winter vacation. I’m sure this trophy will help it. The Golden Boot will boost Paul and the team.”
Unfortunately, Onuachu was unable to participate in the Super Eagles.
For a trip to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon due to injury.
He is currently working to return to full fitness in the Belgian League, which will return from Saturday’s winter vacation.
Onuachu dominated the table this season, scoring 12 league goals, 18 points behind leader Union Sangiroise.
– Soccer Sports
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