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Former England striker hails Super Eagles’ Onuachu

Former England international, John Fashanu has hailed Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu as a goal king, following his performance in Nigeria’s back-to-back wins over Benin Republic and Lesotho in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Onuachu, who was initially on Gernot Rohr’s standby list, had a total of 30 minutes in both games, coming on in the second half, and he scored in both matches. Hitting the winner against the Squirrels in Porto Novo, and the third goal against the Crocodiles in Lagos.

Prior to the games, Fashanu said Onuachu is the player Nigeria needed, and he was excited that the Genk striker justified his statement with his superb performance in both games, proving to be a goal king.

Fashanu said: “I am happy that Onuachu was able to score on both occasions he was introduced into both games; it was wonderful because the end justifies the means. I remember when I said he was a great player and that he was the player that we [Nigeria] needed and now I was right. I think everybody else has seen how football has to be understood at the right level.”

He added: “I want to tell Onuachu well done and a big congratulation because he has proved to everybody that he is still number one and indeed a goal king. Let’s just try to say we are not trying to prove anybody wrong but that we can have a successful team with the right players.”

Paul Onuachu has scored 25 league goals so far this season. Only Robert Lewandowski and Kasper Junker have scored more goals than the 26-year-old Nigerian, and he is raring for more for both club and country.

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