Belgium: Paul Onuachu, best African player of the year

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Nigerian Super Eagles forward Paul Onuachu, who plays for KRC Genk, won the Ebony Boot, the trophy for the best African-born player of the season in the Jupiler Pro League. The Nigerian received his trophy on Monday evening in a sober ceremony at the Birmingham Event Center in Brussels.

Paul Onuachu added another trophy to his record after being named professional footballer of the year after his spectacular season for Racing Genk in the elite Belgian championship. the Super Eagle The 26-year-old, who participates in the Nigerian national team’s camp in Austria, won the Ebony Boot, best African player for the 2020-2021 season. He became the season’s top scorer in the Jupiler League with 33 goals in 38 games played and helped Genk to the 2this championship place behind Club Brugge. The Limburgers also won the Belgian Cup and beat Standard in the final (1-0).

Racing Genk striker Paul Onuachu thus became the first Nigerian to win this award in 25 years after Celestine Babayaro won in 1996 while playing for Anderlecht. The Belgian Pro-League top scorer last season beat Clinton Mata of Club Brugge Angola and Genk’s teammate Théo Bongonda of Belgium with 33 goals in second and third respectively. Paul also became the fifth Nigerian to win the best African award since its inception in 1992.

Daniel Amokachi won the award twice, in 1992 and 1994, with Bruges, while Victor Ikpeba and Godwin Okpara were the other Nigerians to win the award, in 1993 and 1995 respectively, with RFC Luik and Eendracht Aalst. The closest Nigerian to winning the award after Babayaro was in 2015, when Moses Simon came in second when he played for KAA Gent. The aggressor of Eagles, Paul Onuachu, was also named Genk’s best player last season.

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