Paul Onuachu emerges as Maurizio Sarri’s summer target

In the last two seasons, the Nigerian has been phenomenal, and he could be on his way out of the Jupiler league by summer.

Paul Onuachu emerges as Maurizio Sarri’s summer target

In the last two seasons, the Nigerian has been phenomenal, and he could be on his way out of the Jupiler league by summer.

Serie A giants, Lazio are keen to sign Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu from Genk.

In the last two seasons, Onuachu has been the most lethal striker in the Jupiler League. The huge forward scored 33 league goals for the Smurfs last season.

Despite a number of injury layoffs this season, Onuachu has scored 19 goals in 28 league appearances. Last summer, the former Midtjylland striker was linked with a number of teams following his outstanding performance, but he was unable to depart.

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Nevertheless, given his outstanding achievements this season, he might still leave the Cegeka Arena if possible suitors agree to Genk’s valuation of 25 million euros (₦12.6billion).

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri is a fan of Onuachu, according to Radiosei, and he wants to bring the 27-year-old to the Stadio Olimpico.

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Paul Onuachu grabs hattrick in Genk’s massive league win

In the Belgian Jupiler League, Genk thrashed KAS Eupen 5-0, with Super Eagles attacker Paul Onuachu scoring a hat-trick.

Paul Onuachu grabs hattrick in Genk’s massive league win

In the Belgian Jupiler League, Genk thrashed KAS Eupen 5-0, with Super Eagles attacker Paul Onuachu scoring a hat-trick.

Genk needed to break their three-game losing streak to keep their prospects of making the Belgian league playoffs alive. And then there’s Eupen, who are 15th in the Jupiler League, they had a good chance.

Genk got rolling early in the game, taking the lead after only ten minutes, as Onuachu expertly converted the resulting penalty after Eupen committed a foul in the box.

The Smurfs kept up the pressure after scoring, and they were handed a penalty right before halftime. Onuachu was on hand to score from close range to give his team a two-goal lead.

Junya Ito and Bryan Heynen scored two additional goals for Genk within the first 25 minutes of the second half.

The final nail in the coffin for Eupen was scored by Onuachu, who scored his third goal of the game to give the Smurfs a 5-0 triumph.

With the win, Genk moves ahead of St. Truiden into eighth place, three points behind Charleroi, who had earlier lost.

Onuachu now has 21 goals in all competitions so far this 2021/2022 season.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (March 4-7, 2022)

We tracked over 170 matches which could feature Nigerian players across 50 different leagues. Here are the weekend’s top performers.

Nigerian Team of the Week (March 4-7, 2022)

We tracked over 170 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 50 different leagues. Here are the weekend’s top performers.

Goalkeeper – Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam) – Star of the Week

Maduka Okoye was in terrific form as he led his side, Sparta Rotterdam to a 1-0 win over Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie last weekend. 

Maduka made seven saves with one coming from the penalty spot.

Maduka Okoye - Star of the Week
Maduka Okoye – Star of the Week
Left Centre Back – Chidioze Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC)

Making his first start since the 22nd of December, 2021 for Alanyaspor was Chidioze Awaziem. 

He returned to the starting XI against Kayserispor as his team came out 2-1 winners. He made one successful tackle and had three clearances.

Centre Back – Valentine Ozornwafor (Royal Charleroi Sporting Club)

In the heart of defense, Valentine was imperious as his side, Royal Sporting Charleroi played out a goalless draw against Standard Liege in the Belgian Pro League. 

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The former flying eagles center half made two tackles and three interceptions in the entire duration of the game.

Right Centre Back – Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim)

Kevin Akpoguma was outstanding in his side’s 0-1 away win at FC Cologne in the German Bundesliga. 

The Super Eagles defender played 78 minutes, made five tackles and three interceptions.

Right Midfield – Moses Simon (FC Nantes)

The Nigerian international was unlucky not to find the back of the net in FC Nantes’ 2-0 win over Montpellier.

Moses completed three out five dribbles and hit the woodwork once.

Centre Midfield – Joe Aribo (Rangers FC)

The midfielder looked capable of making something happen when he did have the ball in the game against Aberdeen. 

Fortunately, he assisted the game’s only goal.

Centre Midfield – Iyayi Believe Antiemwen (Gorica FC)

The former Nigerian youth International played 82 minutes in Gorica’s four nill triumph over Hrv Dragovoljac.

He had a decent outing as he scored a goal, creates three goalscoring chances and was rated 7.6.

Left Midfield – Anthony Nwakaeme (FC Trabzonspor)

The 32-year old can’t stop scoring at the moment. He once again found the back of the net with an outstanding goal in Trabzonspor’s a 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce.

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In 22 appearances this season, Nwakaeme has ten goals and nine assists.

Left Forward – Rasheed Akanbi (Kocaelispor)

Rasheed Akanbi was the saviour for Kocaelispor over the weekend as his goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Ankara Keciörengücü.

The 22-year-old has scored six times and assisted twice in 21 appearances this term.

Right Forward – Terem Moffi (FC Lorient)

This season has not been Moffi’s finest in front of goal, the Lorient forward is up to four goals in Ligue 1 this term.

The one cap Eagle scored in the 4-1 demolition of his side by Olympique Lyonnais.

Centre Forward – Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk)

Paul Onuachu played all 90 minutes, as Genk forced Cercle Brugge to a 2-2 draw at the Jan Breydel stadium.

Onuachu had an impressive game with 45 touches and two shots on target. He was a constant thorn in the side of the opposition defence.

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Paul Onuachu reveals his target for the season

With five games left in the regular season, Paul Onuachu hopes he and his teammates can ensure a strong finish to the season.

Paul Onuachu reveals target for the season

With five games left in the regular season, he hopes he and his teammates can keep putting in brilliant performances to ensure a strong finish to the season.

The Smurfs have endured a terrible season so far with them being no where near their previous season’s heights.

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Onuachu is however determined to help his team salvage something from the year.

Paul Onuachu of the Super Eagles has stated that he is not nurturing the ambition to be the season’s top scorer. Instead, he wants to see Genk finish at a good spot in the Belgian Jupiler League.

In the domestic cup, they have failed to defend their title also after they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Club Brugge.

In addition, Genk has struggled in the league. They are now in eighth place and are eight points below the last playoff berth, putting them in danger of missing out on the title playoffs.

Despite being plagued by injuries, he has managed to score 16 goals and provide three assists.

Last season, the Nigerian international scored the most goals. However, he is only five goals shy off the top spot this season. 

Paul say he is unconcerned about this because all he cares about is the growth of his squad.

“To be honest, I’m not working on that,” Onuachu told Het Belang Van Limburg.

“I am happy with the number of goals that I have already collected.

“Well, sixteen is not wrong, especially if you consider that we currently only eighth. I’m happy with that.

“My ambition is to score weekly and thus help the team to the necessary points. We’ll see how far I get with that.

“This season is far from over. When I look at the classification, Play-Off 2 also promises to be a tough job. The competition will not be underestimated. But we are in the good flow, and we have to keep it up.” He added.

Onuachu was outstanding for Genk on Sunday, scoring one goal and assisting on another in a 2-0 win over Kortrijk. 

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Paul Onuachu stars in KRC Genk’s league win

Paul Onuachu scored the first goal and assisted the second as Genk defeated Kortrijk 2-0.

Paul Onuachu stars in KRC Genk’s league win

Paul Onuachu of the Super Eagles scored the first goal and assisted the second as Genk defeated Kortrijk 2-0.

The lanky forward maintained his excellent form as he assisted his team in their recovery from last week’s setback.

The Smurfs came into the match with a loss against Jupiler League rivals Anderlecht, but they still had a better record than their opponents, who had lost four of their previous five games.

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As expected, Genk took the lead early in the game. They kept possession of the ball, attempting to split Kortrijk’s backline.

Onuachu rose highest to meet a cross from Junya Ito and headed home from a swarm of defenders in the 17th minute, capping off a great start.

The former FC Ebedie man turned provider less than five minutes later, setting up Joseph Paintsil, who scored from close range to give the Beker Van Belgie Champions a two-goal advantage.

In the first half, Genk were unplayable. In the first half, they had six shots on target, compared to the visitors’ one.

In the second half, Genk were more comfortable, but they maintained it tight at the back to keep the score at 2-0.

Onuachu had a fantastic game, with three shots on target, four vital passes, and a pass accuracy of 90%.

His goal brings his league total to 16 goals in 25 games so far this season.

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Paul Onuachu scores on 100th appearance for Racing Genk

The club’s talisman rightfully marked the occasion with a goal, in their 4-1 win over KV Mechelen.

Paul Onuachu made his 100th appearance for the Smurfs this evening.

The club’s talisman rightfully marked the occasion with a goal, in their 4-1 win over KV Mechelen.

Paul Onuachu scores on 100th appearance for Racing Genk
Paul Onuachu makes his 100th appearance for KRC Genk

Onuachu’s strike in today’s game was his 16th goal in all competitions this season.

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Paul Onuachu set to miss AFCON 2021

The Super Eagles preparation for AFCON 2021 has been dealt another major blow.

The Super Eagles preparation for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has been dealt another major blow. Paul Onuachu looks set to miss the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Paul Onuachu forward of KRC Genk is injured during the Jupiler Pro League match between KRC Genk and Royal Antwerp FC on December 19, 2021 in Genk, Belgium, 19/12/2021 ( Photo by Peter De Voecht / Photonews

Onuachu put his side ahead with his 12th goal of the season before pulling up in the 71st minute while chasing a ball in KRC Genk’s 1-1 draw against Royal Antwerp FC.

"It's a muscle tear", the German sighed. I already had the impression that he was tired. When I asked how it went, he told me he could continue playing. I expect we will miss him for the next three to four weeks," said KRC Genk head coach, Bernd Storck.

With Victor Osimhen already likely to miss next month’s competition in Cameroon, the timing of this injury could not have been worse for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Other options for the Super Eagles in attack include Emmanuel Dennis, Taiwo Awoniyi and Cyriel Dessers.

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Sint-Truidense

Paul Onuachu came off the bench to score the winning goal in KRC Genk’s Belgian Pro League victory over Sint-Truidense.

Paul Onuachu goal vs Sint-Truidense

Paul Onuachu came off the bench to score the winning goal in KRC Genk’s Belgian Pro League victory over Sint-Truidense.

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Sint-Truidense

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Rapid Wien

Paul Onuachu’s stoppage time goals seals a narrow 0-1 Europa League Group H victory for KRC Genk over Rapid Wien. Watch the goal

Paul Onuachu goal vs Rapid Wien

Paul Onuachu’s stoppage time goals seals a narrow 0-1 Europa League Group H victory for KRC Genk over Rapid Wien.

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Rapid Wien

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Paul Onuachu goal vs OH Leuven

Paul Onuachu scored his second goal of the season in KRC Genk’s 4-0 Belgian Pro League win against OH Leuven.

Paul Onuachu goal vs OH Leuven

Paul Onuachu scored his second goal of the season in KRC Genk’s 4-0 Belgian Pro League win against OH Leuven.

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Paul Onuachu goal vs OH Leuven

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