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Belgian Pro League: Onuachu Scores Brace In Genk’s Home Draw Vs OOstende

Belgian Pro League: Onuachu Scores Brace In Genk’s Home Draw Vs OOstende

Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu netted twice as KRC Genk were forced to a 2-2 draw by KV OOstende in their Belgian Pro League clash at the Luminus Arena on Monday.

Cameron Mcgeehan put the visitors ahead in the third minute.

Onuachu equalised for the home team in the ninth minute.

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The lanky forward put Genk ahead from the spot in the 52nd minute.

Senegal forward Makhtar Gueye restored parity for Oostende seven minutes from time.

Onuachu has scored five goals in six games for Genk this season.

Cyriel Dessers was unused substitute for Genk in the game.

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  • JimmyBall 4 years ago

    … This one that Dessers is already chopping bench. Sometimes we are too hasty in judging players and by so doing we heap a lot of undue pressure on them. We must test Dessers in the forthcoming friendlies however, it’s like club faithfuls at Genk are placing more faith in Onuachu than Dessers… by the end of this season we shall know the core of SE and should have build out team such that we have a standard 23 players of first-faith… Thereafter other exceptional players who come along shall be tested and integrated according to need and the conviction they provide in due time… Welldone Onuachu, keep hitting the figures. Stats don’t lie and they will speak for anyone anyday.

  • Lloyd 4 years ago

    Apologies to who this may offend oo but even if Onuachu scores 30 goals this season, He should not be invited! Never again! We have Club players and National team players. Club players tend to perform well for Club but a Big flop at the National team e.g Onuachu. He has been like this since his days at Midtyland till now. Good of him but he’s not a National team Material. Simy Nwankwo or Sadiq over him anytime… anyday. We also have National team players who perform so well on National Duties but kinda flops at Club level e.g Our Great Iwobi..lol. Even if Iwobi keeps firing blank at Everton, we’ll keep inviting him cuz he will surely deliver.

    As for Dessers, He should be invited and tested lets see if it’s Genk that doesn’t suit his style or he’s just off-form and let’s also see if he’s the Iwobi type. I’ll also advise Dessers should be invited and cap-tied come November. Whether he’s on form or not so we’ll be rest assured we have him. We have loads of Strikers that are still going to show forth this season so no need to panick. We still have Maja, Dennis, Sadiq, Simmy, Tolu and others to watch out for.

    • Proudly 9ja 4 years ago

      I think you have a point as regards to cap tying some players that have dual citizenship to avoid any tussle between 9ja and dia country of birth. It should view this in a strategic way, this is something if I were the NFF chairman I will be communicating with the national team coach. I will invite maybe 2-3 at a time and play them in competitive games even if for 5 mins to cap tie them, these guys can then be used for age grade competitions if need be. A forumite listed some a comprehensive list of players in Germany, Italy, England etc. There is dat kid in real Madrid marvin akinola or something, if I were NFF, I will start by approaching the kid’s dad and invite them to a SE match, fly him and his dad to the game free of charge, we use dis as a way of wooing them, it’s not when the kid becomes a regular for real Madrid that 9ja will start approaching them by then Spain would have already capped him. This should apply to most players we intend for them to commit to 9ja. By doing this, it will not only help the SE but our age grade teams. Please dont get me wrong, the core of our age grade teams should still be kids based in 9ja but there is nothing wrong with having players already cap tied been asked to fortify the age grade teams. My take.

  • greenturf 4 years ago

    I could remember in my previous post,i was strongly against handing Dessers invite to the super eagles due to poor form,i was surprise to get the stick here for that.

    Though i want to believe his invite is based on his performance of last season.

    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      … Dutch Eredivisie these days is a very weak league compared to English championship and I am sure Belgium now rates higher than it even. If Dessers can’t hold things down at Genk, and he underperforms in the forthcoming set of friendlies, I will suggest no further invites be extended to him until his fortunes as per goals and performance can convince us again… We must not invite every player just for being a flash in the pan or being handsome or a dual citizen or born-abroad… The Super Eagles should have been build at the end of this season so that we can focus on having a team we can adapt to different playing systems and pattern in time for the run-up to 2021 Afcon and 2022 World cup. After Dessers this time we need to properly test Dennis, Sadiq, Olayinka and Maja.

  • Collins id 4 years ago

    i still believe in dessers. and i disagree with jimmy on holand league been weeker than belgium. at list we have seen ajax, psv, in the champions league final and semi finals in many occasions. i doubt if any belgium team have gotten to that level. secondly we have seen multi million transfer from the holand to the big five leagues. that u can never see in belgium. ibra. suarez. ziyech, van vik, etc u can name the rest. coming out from netherland compare to belgium that on record average 30 mil transfer records. holand remain ahead of belgium in my opinion. as for dessers his problem is genk stile of play. onuacho is doing well at the moment but i think we need dessers more bcos of his good teckniks. i watched bordour on saturday and i realised that the problem therw is not kalu or maja,not being in form. the entire team doesnt play well. the midfielders a very poor technicaly. they cant even mentain simple passes and very slow in transition, same issue with genk(kick and move football) maja should have moved to rangers instead, of this sick bordour, mehn if you watch them play u will wish their coach sacked. they are not playing goodfootball at all. it will be difficult for strikers to succeed in their set up. i think both bordour and genk needs sound coaches that knows how to build up play. not this any where belle face wey them they play now.

  • Is Paul Onuachu succeeding at Genk because the system there is set up to supply him? Does he not do well in the Super Eagles because our wingers do not produce pin point crosses?

    Having asked those questions, I look deeper into his goals. This season he has scored 6 goals, 3 penalties and the rest headers. I cannot remember more than twice where the Super Eagles scored with a header. Once Kenneth Omeruo from a corner kick at the last AFCON and the other that comes to mind is Amuneke at our first world cup appearance over 25 years ago. Not saying there are no others, but the Super Eagles typically score with “ball to feet”.

    So my thinking is, the style of the Super Eagles may not suit Paul’s style and he could be a victim of tactics. Also could be a reason for Dessers being on the bench. He scores with ball to feet usually.

    Club tactics is crucial in choosing a move and Dessers chose with his heart as it is his boyhood club, the local club where he grew up. So may have overlooked whether he would fit in.

    Just a couple of thoughts I have been musing about

    • As if I knew. match report for the match on the 28th. Onuachu, A header from a cross and a penalty. The system is designed for him to score.


    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      …@BigD, Dessers is not a short man. That guy is atleast 6.0ft in height. He is also good with the head. Onuachu may just rate above him… hope you still remember Onuachu’s strike against Egypt in the friendly match. That guy has good skill and very good footwork for someone his height but we are yet to really give him his dues because of last nations cup… to me he has a lot to still offer Super Eagles. Coaches who watch him daily may know him more than majority of Super Eagles fans. Onuachu has yet to play up to six games for Nigeria if I am not mistaken. Let our wingers adapt their game and stop unnecessary dribles like Kalu and Chukwueze often like to show off… football is about goals these days and not aimless fanciful plays…

      • @JimmyBall, not a function of height. I never mentioned height, rather style of play/tactics in the club vs Super Eagles. The managers play to the strength of the personnel. The club is successful with their method, the Super Eagles are successful with their method. Not every player will fit in.

        And yes, indeed he scored one goal against Egypt, that’s one goal in six matches (3 AFCON, 1 AFCON qualification and 2 friendlies) , do we wait for him to click? Wait for other players to learn to put the ball on his head accurately? Try other options to see if there is an immediate impact?

        Truth is, with international matches, we don’t have the luxury of carrying a player, especially in a country like Nigeria with an array of attacking talents all waiting for their chance. At this time we have Tolu Arokodare, Terem Moffi, Josh Maja, Chidera Ejuke, Dennis Bonaventure, David Okereke, Cyriel Dessers, Victor Boniface, Leke James, Chuba Akpom, Sadiq Umar all begging for a chance to show what they can do.

        We also have the 2017 and 2019 U17 and U20 boys beginning to get attention. And friendlies are just the vehicle to test options for immediate impact

        • GLORY 4 years ago

          Quality reasoning @ BigD. You re truly the big deal. Thumbs up man.

      • @JimmyBall, Dessers is not as tall as ibrahimovic, Henry even our own Kanu who score most of their goals with feet.
        The wingers we have recently dribble in and don’t make crosses e.g Simon, Chukwueze and now ejuke. Even Musa’s crosses are mostly comedies.
        So let’s see what dessers can do with the team the time to test him is now! In friendly matches. I believe in Dessers because he believes in our country.

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    I’m proud of you Onuachu. This is the someone called Iroko trees.

    This is the guy they called so many bad names but today Onuachu is making himself and Omo9ja proud.

    They haven’t seen anything yet. They should tell Oga Rohr to change his tactics and see if you will not be scoring goals for Nigeria.

    Our wingers failed to supply ball through both sides and the strikers find it difficult to score.

    Hmm. Osimeh is doing well in Italy because he has good suppliers and team work.

    If you know you know. We are expecting more from Oga Rohr. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • D-cardinal 4 years ago

    Paul is a good player but not super Eagles fit.super Eagles play, is suited for a mobile striker in the mood of osimhen,maja and dessers.onuachu will do well in a 4-4-2 where he will have to play along a mobile striker, but unfortunately Eagles doesn’t play that way,no thanks to avalanche of wingers in our disposal.I have watched both players to affirmly tell you that dessers is a better Footballer than Paul.if you gainsay you can go to court

  • I still feel majority of fans are getting their judgment wrong on this guy called Onauchu, @BigD has a very cogent point up there and that’s just the truth. People should go back and watch the matches Onauchu played in the last Afcon, he’s always coming in whenever we seems to be defensive trying to hold on to our slim lead and even the ones he started, check it and you’ll notice somethings behind his performance. That dude isn’t bad, the thing isn’t just clicking for him yet in super eagles largely to some onfield factors but thank God we have plenty of options in that department, that’s why we feel like discarding him just yet. The way some people reason is just somehow, now that Dessers isn’t really scoring the goals like he used to in his old club, that simply means he’s a flash in the pan kind of players? Lol. Onauchu isn’t bad as people tends to think and Dessers is as well a good striker, I really do hope the dude prove doubters wrong soon

    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      He is benching Dessers… The club found him better than Dessers but we always gravitate unfairly to this mixed kids… Is Dessers even better than Simmy Nwankwo or Kayode Olarenwaju?

  • _Feed the Paul_

    Paul Onuachu produced another pulverising performance yesterday in the Belgian league, scoring 2 goals in Genk’s hard fought 2:2 draw against Oostende bringing his tally to 6 goals in 7 outings in what is fast becoming a barnstorming season for the Super Eagles reject.

    On another day, such ruthlessness in front of goal would lead to calls from far and wide for the 2.1 meter tall centre forward to be the first name on Super Eagles lists. But no, not in the case of Onuachu.

    After just 6 caps for Nigeria – the first in which he was astonishingly deadly with a scintillating solo drive and an emphatic finish in just 5 minutes against powerhouse Egypt in March 2019 – many fans believe they have now seen more than enough of the 26 year old in Super Eagles colours.

    But why?

    It is fair to say that Onuachu is a victim of his own initial success.

    After many months of clamours for him to be included in Super Eagles squads following his consistency in Scandinavia across seasons, Onuachu got his chance against the Pharaohs of Egypt last March and his goal and all round performance seem to justify the hype.

    But it proved to be a damp squib as he neither scored, nor assisted nor produced all round convincing performances in the next 5 Nigeria matches. Indeed, he was even selected ahead of Ighalo and Osimhen as Super Eagles starting striker in the 2019 Afcon.

    However, the Super Eagles needed Ighalo to come off the bench to help pip Burundi to a slim 1:0 victory with his delicious side-swipe goal after Onuachu’s 73 minutes on the pitch were as impotent as they were forgettable (despite some timid efforts on goal).

    Onuachu lost the starting striker slot in the Super Eagles and has struggled to re-establish himself ever since.

    But that is not the case in club football where Owerri-born striker has built up on his impressive 9 goals in 22 outings of last season with an astonishing 6 goals in 7 games thus far this term in Belgium.

    Many fans are quick to point to his languid, slow and team-mates dependent style of centre forward play as possible reasons why he can’t succeed with the Super Eagles.

    But, as seen in club football, if the team is set up in a way that will take advantage of his aerial prowess, positional play, timing techniques and movements, Onuachu can be prolific for Nigeria.

    But as mentioned by BigD above, with viable options becoming available to the Super Eagles by the day, the appetite may not be there for Rohr to adapt his style and approac to 1 centre forward when there are 5 other strikers who already fit neatly with his current formation and tactical orientation.

    Whichever the case may be, Onuachu is now proving that his form and output in Scandinavia were no fluke!

    In circumstances conducive to his style of play, he is proving that he can score respectable amount of goals. But, can he find those set of circumstances in the Super Eagles? That is the question.

  • TUNDE 4 years ago

    SOMETIMES WE DON’T NEED TO BE CARRIED AWAY.THIS IS NOT D FIRST TIME P.ONUACHU WILL B SCORING GOALS IN CLUB SIDE.THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO Do D SCORING IN NATIONAL TEAM IN ORDER TO KEEP UR SHIRT.Have u forget d following players:Yekini vs Owubokiri in Portugal.Yekini scores many goals for both club and national team but Owubokiri score many goals 4 club only.Likewise AMOKACHI VS mike OBIKU.

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