Short night for brand new Golden Boot Paul Onuachu: “Sleep only two hours”

Michiel VerheirstraetenSource: BELGIAN

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In Antwerp Expo, Onuachu made it to the 68th gala of the Golden Shoe of the Bruges residents Noa Lang and Charles De Ketelaere on Wednesday evening. The Golden Shoe is a solid lump of gold this year, because the tree-long striker plays with shoe size 46 or even 46.5. “Before they said my name, I was calm and cool, but I wasn’t expecting it. I am happy with the price. I think I’ll sleep well after this,” Onuachu laughed.

On the drive back home, Onuachu was on the bus with only ten people. “We talked, but I was also very busy with my phone. I was getting messages, messages and messages…until 4am this morning,” Onuachu said. “I called my mother on Facetime this morning. She was very enthusiastic. After training I had to call her back.”

Onuachu also received congratulations from his team mates at Nigeria, who are active in the Africa Cup without the injured striker. “A lot of them messaged, that’s why I slept so late. I had to answer them. They have already won their first match and are playing well. They are now focusing on their next game.”

Onuachu was allowed to join training a little later on Thursday morning from trainer Bernd Storck. The brand new Golden Shoe treated his teammates to cake in the afternoon. “I share the prize with the team, because they played a major role in it. Everyone should be happy in the club. It’s an individual prize, but also a club prize,” said Onuachu.

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Racing Genk will receive the red lantern Beerschot on Sunday (9pm). However, Onuachu dropped out with an injury just before the winter break. According to the Nigerian, Sunday’s game is still too early. “I have to take it easy and not rush anything,” explains Onuachu. “I think we have a good plan with the medical team and the coach, and it’s not the right time to play yet. We will look at it day by day.”

Whether the goal machine is still with a transfer in his head? “We will see. I’m here in Genk, as you can see,” says Onuachu, who still believes one hundred percent in Play-off 1 for Genk. “We had a bad period, from which we learned a lot. We have to concentrate and stop making stupid mistakes.”

Onuachu settled in Genk in the summer of 2019, which had taken over from the Danish Midtjylland for 6 million euros. “When I was little I dreamed of playing in Europe. It was hard for me to get from Africa to Denmark and Belgium, but it’s all about determination and believing in yourself. You have to know your qualities and work hard. You have to be yourself, but also be modest, and know when to speak and when not to speak”, the brand new Golden Shoe tells young players who dream of following in his footsteps.

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