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 (age 26)
Place of birth Owerri, Nigeria[1]
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Genk
Number 18
Youth career
Ebedei
2012 Midtjylland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2019 Midtjylland 134 (51)
2015Vejle (loan) 13 (5)
2019– Genk 56 (39)
National team
2019– Nigeria 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:33, 30 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2021

Club careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Onuachu was called up to the Nigerian under-23 national team in February 2015.[7] In March 2019 he received his first call-up to the Nigerian senior team.[8]

On 26 March 2019, Onuachu scored his first goal for Nigeria 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 Onuachu was heralded as the "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 Africa Cup of Nations.[11] He played in Nigeria's 1–0 win over Burundi.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 30 April 2021.[1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Midtjylland 2012–13 Danish Superliga 1 0 1 0 2 0
2013–14 11 0 1 0 12 0
2014–15 10 1 2 2 2 0 14 3
2015–16 25 6 2 1 10 2 37 9
2016–17 35 17 3 3 6 2 1 1 45 23
2017–18 22 10 3 3 6 4 31 17
2018–19 30 17 4 3 6 2 40 22
Total 134 51 16 12 30 10 1 1 181 74
Vejle (loan) 2014–15 Danish 1st Division 13 5 0 0 13 5
Genk 2019–20 Belgian Pro League 22 9 1 1 5 0 28 10
2020–21 34 30 2 2 36 32
Total 56 39 3 3 5 0 64 42
Career total 203 95 19 15 35 10 1 1 258 121

InternationalEdit

As of match played 30 March 2021.[13]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2019 7 1
2020 2 0
2021 2 2
Total 11 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[13]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2019 Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Nigeria   Egypt 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 27 March 2021 Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto-Novo, Benin   Benin 1–0 1–0 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 30 March 2021 Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria   Lesotho 3–0 3–0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Midtjylland[14]

Genk

InternationalEdit

Nigeria

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Paul Onuachu at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "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. ^ a b "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.
  15. ^ "Onuachu with an assist as Genk clinch Belgian Cup title after Standard Liege win". Goal. 26 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Tunisia 0–1 Nigeria". BBC. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.