Nigeria’s Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, who won the highest goal scorer and Player of the Year award in Belgium has now won the Ebony Shoe award for the Belgian Pro-League.
Onuachu, who was the most prolific Nigerian goalscorer in the just-concluded season, saw off competition from Club Brugge’s Clinton Mata from Angola and Genk teammate Théo Bongonda from Belgium to second and third places respectively.
The Ebony Show award is given to the best African or African origin player in the Belgian Pro-League and the 27-year-old striker became the first Nigerian to win the award in 25 years after Celestine Babayaro won it in 1996 while playing for Anderlecht.
The lanky striker is the fifth Nigerian to win the award after Daniel ‘the Bull’ Amokachi won it in 1992 and 1994 with Club Brugge, Victor Ikpeba won it In 1993 with RFC Liège, and Godwin Okpara won it in 1995 with Eendracht Aalst.
Onuachu played 38 of Genk’s 40 league matches – including playoff – and he scored 33 goals in those 36 appearances – 29 of them in the regular season – winning the two major awards for the season.