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Paul Onuachu’s feat with Belgian Pro League side, KRC Genk last year did not go unnoticed as he has been named the winner of the 2021 Belgian Golden Shoe award.

The 27-year-old goal poacher becomes the first-ever Nigerian and the fourth African to be accorded the honour after Aruna Dindane of Cote d’Ivoire  (2003) Morocco’s Mbark Boussoufa twice  (2006 and 2010) and DR Congo’s Dieumerci Mbokani (2012).
The Belgian Golden Shoe award is given at the beginning of each year to the best footballer in the country’s First Division A for the past year and the Nigerian pulled a total of 333 votes to beat the Club Brugge duo of Noa Lang (272 votes) and Charles De Ketelaere (271 votes) to second and third, respectively.
Kept out of the Super Eagles AFCON squad by injury, Onuachu who scored 29 league goals over the entire 2020-21 season with another 12 in the first half of the current campaign is third Genk player in history to be named Belgium’s best, their first in 20 years.
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