Onuachu named African best player in Belgium

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Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, has won yet another award for his outstanding performances in Belgium last season.

The Genk centre forward has been named the winner of the Ebony Shoe, the prize for the best player of African descent, in the Belgian Pro League.

The 27-year-old has already claimed the top scorer and Player of the Season in the Jupiler Pro League awards for his excellent campaign.

Onuachu beat champions Club Brugge’s Clinton Mata and his Genk teammate Theo Bongonda to the Ebony Shoe award, which was announced on Monday in Brussels.

Onuachu ended the just-ended season with 35 goals in 41 games in all competitions and helped Genk to win the Belgian Cup as well as finish second in the league.

Onuachu however missed out on the Golden Shoe, the award for overall best player in Belgium, finishing in third place behind winner Lior Refaelov and Raphael Holzhauser.

The Nigerian succeeds Antwerp striker Dieumerci Mbokani as the Ebony Shoe winner.

Like last year, the lavish traditional gala for the Ebony Shoe could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, the trophy was presented during a sober ceremony at Anderlecht’s ground in Brussels.

Onuachu is the first Nigerian player to win the award since 1996 when Celestine Babayaro won it.

Daniel Amokachi (1992 and 1994), Victor Ikpeba (1993) and Godwin Okpara (1995) all won the award in the 1990s.


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