Paul Onuachu

Ebere Paul Onuachu (born 28 May 1994) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Belgian club Genk and the Nigeria national team, as a forward.[1]

Paul Onuachu
Personal information
Full name Ebere Paul Onuachu[1]
Date of birth (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994
Place of birth Owerri, Nigeria[1]
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Genk
Number 18
Youth career
Ebedei
Midtjylland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2019 Midtjylland 135 (52)
2015Vejle (loan) 13 (5)
2019– Genk 12 (5)
National team
2019– Nigeria 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:19, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:54, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Onuachu moved to Danish club FC Midtjylland in 2012, on a scholarship, from their affiliate team in Nigeria, Ebedei.[2] He was a prolific scorer for their youth team, and made his first-team debut in the Cup later that year, before making his league debut in December 2012.[2] In June 2013 he signed a new three-year contract with the club,[3] before extending it for a further three-years in August 2015.[4] In early 2015 he was loaned to Vejle BK, before returning to FC Midtjylland ahead of the 2015–16 season.[5]

In August 2019 he signed for Belgian club Genk.[6]

International career

In February 2015 he was called up to the Nigerian under-23 national team.[7]

In March 2019 he received his first call-up to the Nigerian senior national team.[8]

On 26 March 2019, Onuachu scored his first goal for the Nigerian team in a friendly match against Egypt. The goal was scored within the first ten seconds of the game, and the fastest ever scored for Nigeria.[9] Following the goal he became "toast of Nigerian football" with "his coach, team-mates, journalists and fans talking about him".[10] He was selected to the Nigeria squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.[11]. He played in Nigeria's 1-0 win over Burundi.[12]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 22 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Midtjylland 2012–13 Danish Superliga 10100020 [1]
2013–14 1100000110 [1]
2014–15 101102000131 [1]
2015–16 2561010200368 [1]
2016–17 35172262114422 [1]
2017–18 22102064003014 [1]
2018–19 30144362003318 [1]
Total 1344811530101117664
Vejle (loan) 2014–15 Danish 1st Division 1350000135 [1]
Career totals 1475311530101118969

International

As of matches played on 16 July 2019[13]
Nigeria national team
YearAppsGoals
201961
Total61

International goals

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[13]
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.26 March 2019Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Nigeria Egypt1–01–0Friendly

Honours

Midtjylland[14]

References

  1. Paul Onuachu at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  2. "Profile" (in Danish). FC Midtjylland. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. "FCM forlænger med unge boblere" (in Danish). Bold. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. Martin Dons (4 August 2015). "FC Midtjylland forlænger med Onuachu" (in Danish). FC Midtjylland. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. Kenneth Jensen (16 October 2015). "FCM-træner: Angriber kan blive et af FCM's største salg nogensinde" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  6. "Officielt: Onuachu slutter sig til Joakim Mæhle". bold.dk.
  7. Kolade Oni (17 February 2015). "Siasia picks 21 players for Gabon game". Tipsbladet. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. Oluwashina Okeleji (4 March 2019). "John Mikel Obi: Nigeria captain left out of Super Eagles squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. "Nigeria's fastest international goal helps them beat Egypt". BBC Sport. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  10. Oluwashina Okeleji (27 March 2019). "The spotlight in Nigeria falls on Paul Onuachu after his 10 second goal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  11. "AFCON 2019: Onuachu happy to make Super Eagles squad". 16 May 2019.
  12. Silas, Don (23 June 2019). "Nigeria vs Burundi: Why I didn't start Ighalo in Super Eagles' 1-0 win - Rohr". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  13. "Paul Onuachu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  14. "Soccer-Dal Hende fires Midtjylland to Danish title". Reuters. Retrieved 15 December 2018.


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