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Paul Onuachu set to miss AFCON 2021

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 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 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 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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Five Nigerian Forwards to Watch in 2021/2022

The 2020/2021 season was an impressive one for Nigerian footballers around the world, with a number of stars coming under the spotlight. Players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Paul Onuachu, Joe Aribo and Samuel Chukwueze helped their teams win trophies across Europe’s finest club competitions.

With just a few weeks to go to the start of the 2021/2022 European football season we take a look at five Nigerian forwards you should definitely be keeping an eye on in the upcoming season.


5) TEREM MOFFI (FC Lorient)


The 22-year-old Calabar born player was a revelation last season, playing a vital role in Lorient’s escape from relegation in the Ligue 1. Ending the season with 14 Ligue 1 goals, the fifth highest in the league and the most a Nigerian Player has scored in a single Ligue 1 campaign since Victor Ikpeba (16) for Monaco in the 1997/1998 season.
Going by his previous records of 20 goals in 27 appearances for Riteria (Lithuania) and 5 goals in 9 appearances on loan to KV Kotrijk (Belgium) in the 2018/2019 season, he’s definitely no fluke and certainly one to watch out for in the coming season.

4) UMAR SADIQ (UD Almeria)

The 24-year-old Kaduna-born player came to the limelight during the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil where he helped Nigeria to a bronze medal, scoring four goals in that tournament
Not much was heard of him after the tournament following disappointing spells in Italy, Netherland and Scotland.
He rose to the occasion again last season, scoring 6 goals for Partizan Belgrade in the Serbian SuperLiga before securing a move to Spanish tier 2 club, UD Almeria. He scored 22 goals in 41 appearances for Almeria in the 2020/2021 season.

With top clubs like Sevilla (Spain) and Bayern Munich (Germany) showing interest in the lanky forward, he’s definitely one to look out for in the upcoming season.

3) KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester City)

The 2020/2021 season was a remarkable one for the 24-year-old striker. Iheanacho enjoyed his best campaign in England since arriving in 2014, scoring 19 goals and assisting 5 others for Leicester City. Even more impressive is the fact that he scored 12 league goals between February and May, also becoming the first player to score a Premier League goal on every day of the week during the same season.

He also played a vital role in Leicester City’s FA Cup triumph, netting important goals against Southampton, Manchester United, and Brighton. Despite missing out on a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, his splendid run of form earned him a contract extension. With the upcoming season in sight, he’s definitely one to watch out for.


2) SIMEON ‘SIMY’ NWANKWO (FC Crotone)

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Simy Nwankwo had the best season of his career in 2020/2021. The 29-year old scored 20 goals in the Italian Serie A, becoming the highest scoring Nigerian in the history of the competition. He also became only the second African player, after Samuel Eto’o, to reach the 20 goal mark in a single Serie A campaign.

He became Crotone’s all-time top goalscorer, etching his name in their memories for a long time.

Although suffering the disappointment of relegation at the end of the season, it was still an amazing year for him, and with clubs like Fiorentina, Lazio and Torino all linked with a move for him, you should definitely be watching closely next season.

1) PAUL ONUACHU (KRC Genk)

The only player worthy of the number one spot is Paul Onuachu.

The 27-year-old Imo born striker scored 33 league goals for KRC Genk in 2020/2021, the most ever by a Nigerian in a single season, in Europe’s top ten leagues.
His impressive club form was backed up on the international stage where he had often been criticised, scoring in wins for the Super Eagles over Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Onuachu has drawn interest from top clubs like West Ham, Rennes and Olympique Lyonnaise among others. Whichever move he makes, he is certainly our top Nigerian player to watch out for in the 2021/2022 season.

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Paul Onuachu named Men’s MVP of the Season

Paul Onuachu named Nigeria Men’s Most Valuable Player of the Season

🏟: 41 Games
⚽️: 35 Goals
🅰️: 5 Assists
🏆: Belgian Cup

27-year old KRC Genk forward, Paul Onuachu is the EaglesTracker Nigeria Men’s Most Valuable Player of the Season.

The EaglesTracker Awards 2021 is the second edition of an annual awards event. The Awards highlight and celebrate the most outstanding Nigerian Footballers around the world during the just-concluded season.

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Paul Onuachu wins Ebony Shoe Award

Paul Onuachu wins Ebony Shoe Award

27-year old Super Eagles and KRC Genk striker, Paul Onuachu has been named as the winner of the Ebony Shoe Award. The Ebony Shoe is awarded to the best African Player in Belgium by the African Awards and is one of the most coveted prizes in Belgian football. He beat the likes of Lukas Nmecha, Theo Bongonda and Clinton Mata to the award.

Paul Onuachu wins Ebony Shoe Award
Paul Onuachu wins Ebony Shoe Award

Onuachu becomes the sixth Nigerian player to win the award, following in the footsteps of Daniel Amokachi (Club Brugge, 1992, 1994), Victor Ikpeba (RFC Liege, 1993), Godwin Okpara (Eendracht Aalst, 1995) and Celestine Babayaro (Anderlecht, 1996). His victory ends Nigeria’s 25-year wait for a winner.

Onuachu’s victory comes as no surprise as he was already named the Best Player in the Belgian Pro League. He had an incredible season, scoring 35 goals and providing 5 assists in 41 appearances. His goals propelled Genk to a Belgian Cup triumph.

Will Onuachu be on the move this summer ? Can he hit these impressive heights again next season ?
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Paul Onuachu goal vs Benin Republic

Paul Onuachu came off the bench to score a stoppage time winner for the Super Eagles in their AFCON 2022 qualifying match against Benin Republic.

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Benin Republic

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Waasland-Beveren

Paul Onuachu scored his fifteenth goal of the season to open the scoring for KRC Genk in their Belgian Pro League match vs Waasland-Beveren.

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Paul Onuachu goal vs Waasland-Beveren

Paul Onuachu goal vs Waasland-Beveren

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Weekend Review: How the Super Eagles fared in Europe

Paul Onuachu once again hit a brace, a consecutive display in two matches. He is on the brink of breaking Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s 16 league goal haul in Everton and by fair standards, the most consistent African striker in Europe at the moment (special mention to Moses Ogbu of Mjallby AIF). Zaidu Sanusi took on from where he left with yet another compelling performance. Onuachu, Sanusi and Leon’s clubs assumes nadir of their respective leagues while Simon’s Crotone plunges deeper.

BALOGUN RIDES TRIUMPHANTLY IN DEFENCE FOR GERRARD’S RANGERS

Leon Balogun
Leon Balogun

Six clean sheets, including a 4–0 thumping of Ross Country has seen Leon Balogun become increasingly involved in defence for Rangers. Averaging 63.7 touches and 1.4 interceptions per game. Since moving to Scotland, Leon Balogun has undeniably been an integral part to Rangers scaling as high as 13 points ahead of their closest rivals, Celtic. Unbeaten this season, they look glowingly to fasten the hegemony of Celtic having acquired 44 points in 16 matches.

Full Time: Ross Country 0 vs Rangers 4

WHO CAN STOP PAUL ONUACHU ?

Paul Onuachu
Paul Onuachu

If we deem Paul Onuachu the most consistent African player in Europe this season, it wouldn’t be exaggerative. Perhaps behind Mohamed Salah, however, his performances may even place him on a higher pedestal. He has scored 14 goals in 15 matches so far this league season, including 5 goals in the last 3 games. Against Antwerp, Onuachu’s intermittent strikes in the space of 4 minutes, at first overturned a deficit while the second strike in the 23rd minute gave his side a 2-1 lead. His double efforts would set the pace for subsequent goals as compatriot, Cyril Dessers perfectly stamped the victory with a sublime finish in the 88th minute. With Genk on the zenith of the log and Paul Onuachu topping the scorers chart, it seems a necessary reunion of the Nigerian will suffice in forthcoming national duties.

Full Time: KRC Genk 4 v 2 Royal Antwerp FC

CLUB BRUGGE MUST BE MORE EMPHATIC TO TRUMP KRC GENK

A point adrift of KRC Genk means any attempt of winning the league might be jaundiced, but possibilities of winning the league are mathematically verifiable and should not be ruled out. Emmanuel Dennis played 56 mins in their draw against Sint-Truidense VV with his substitute  and  compatriot, David Okereke scoring in the 58th minute. Emmanuel has not been particularly impressive, resulting in an oscillation between playing partly and being benched. It is essential that he starts regularly if he still adores christening the Nigerian shirt.

Sint-Truidense 0 vs Club Brugge 1

ZAIDU SANSUI IS SLOWLY EVOLVING TO WORLD CLASS STATUS

Zaidu Sanusi
Zaidu Sanusi

What is demanded of defenders, modern wing backs, specifically are less of defensive responsibilities than offensive push. The ability to string both seamlessly further inscribes an impression on a player’s work ethic, positional nous and tactical discipline. Thus, it separates the average from the best. Both in the UCL and the Primera Liga, 23-year old Super Eagles defender, Zaidu Sanusi displayed defensive attributes of the Brazilian Maicon as well as roving between the spaces like a swarming bee, reminiscent of prime Dani Alves. It wasn’t a coincidence that he had 107 touches, the most by any Porto defender, including a goal to conclude an aesthetically pleasing performance. Should he be consistent, as shown lately, Zaidu might be gradually evolving to a desirable status — world class wouldn’t be an overstatement.

Porto 4 vs Tondela 2

ALEX IWOBI’S NOVEL POSITION SEES HIM EXCEL

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

It was at first against Fulham, when Ancelloti experimented Iwobi as a RWB in a 3–4–3 formation. Subsequent matches saw him in similar positions as the one against Burnley on Saturday. Held to a nought, Iwobi was on an individual note, sumptuously brilliant. He looked bright in attack and totally commanded his space. The midfielder’s versatility repertoire is indeed an advantage to the demands of the modern game.

Full Time: Burnley 1 vs Everton 1

Meanwhile, in other matches Simy’s Crotone and Moses Simon’s Nantes slumped to devastating defeats. Etebo was a 10-minute substitute in Galatasaray’s win against Hatayspor. Same also featured in Spain as Chukwueze could only play 45minutes.

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