Paul Onuachu took his tally in the Belgian first division to 20 in 32 appearances for Genk, in their 2-2 draw at Sporting Charleroi on Friday night, Completesports.com reports.
It was a return to scoring form for Onuachu who prior to Friday’s game, had failed to score in three straight games.
Onuachu scored with 10 minutes left to level the score for Genk after Vacoun Bayo had given Sporting Charleroi the lead on the stroke of halftime.
Kristian Thorstvedt then put Genk 2-1 ahead four minutes after Onuachu’s equalizer
But three minutes in stoppage time Bayo got his second of the game to make it 2-2 and deny Genk the win.
The result leaves Genk in second place on 33 points, just one point behind leaders Gent in the four-team Belgian Europa League playoff.
In the regular season, Genk finished in eight position and qualified for the playoff alongside Gent, Sporting Charleroi and Mechelen who ended the campaign in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
In January this year, Onuachu was named the winner of the 2021 Belgian Golden Shoe award.
He became the first Nigerian and the fourth African to win the honour.
Three Africans, Ivory Coast’s Aruna Dindane in 2003, Morocco’s Mbark Boussoufa twice in 2006 and 2010, and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dieumerci Mbokani in 2012, had previously won the award.
Onuachu finished in third place last year in the running for the Golden Shoe, coming behind winner Israeli star Lior Refaelov and second-placed Raphael Holzhauser.
He scored 31 goals in 41 club games for Genk under the year in review to land the prestigious award.
Hw missed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon due to injury with the Super Eagles crashing out in the round of 16.
Also, he did not feature for the Eagles in their 2022 World Cup qualifying playoffs with the Black Stars of Ghana in March.
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By James Agberebi