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HOTSHOT: Onuachu Is Nigeria’s Top Scorer In 2017; Beats Onyekuru, Okpotu, Ighalo

HOTSHOT: Onuachu Is Nigeria’s Top Scorer In 2017; Beats Onyekuru, Okpotu, Ighalo

By Johnny Edward: Midtjylland of Denmark striker, Paul Onuachu, has emerged Nigeria’s top goalscorer in 2017, finishing the calendar year three goals ahead of Anderlecht of Belgium striker Henry Onyekuru, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Onuachu scored 26 goals in 41 games for Midtjylland in 2017. His goals for Midtjylland include four braces and one hat trick.


The 23-year-old bagged braces against Nordsjælland home and away in the Danish Super Liga, and against AaB and Brondby. Onuachu’s only hat trick in 2017 was against Derry City in the UEFA Europa League.

Also, Nigerian international Henry Onyekuru who has two international caps to his name, continued his fine scoring form on loan at Anderlecht from Everton, netting 10 times so far in the 2017/18 campaign to take his total to 23 goals in 50 games in all competitions in 2017 for club and country.

Onyekuru scored a brace against KSV Roeselare over two legs and also against KV Kortrijk in their 3-2 win in the Belgian play-offs in May.

The former Eupen ace scored 24 goals, got nine assists in 41 appearances in all competitions last season for Eupen before he signed for Everton and was loaned to Anderlecht at the start of the 2017/18 season.

Home Eagles forward, Anthony Okpotu, also scored 19 goals for Lobi stars in 2017 to finish as the Nigerian Professional Football League top scorer in the 2017/18 season.

Odion Ighalo who joined Chinese club Changchun Yatai at the start of 2017 scored 17 goals, providing eight assists in 51 games for club and country in the outgoing year.

Ighalo’s only goal for the Super Eagles in four games in 2017 was against Cameroon in Uyo which Nigeria won 4-0.

Girona’s Kayode Olanrewaju also scored 10 goals in 36 games this year to take fifth spot with none of those goals coming in the colours of Girona where he currently plays.

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  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    The Nigeria’s top scorer without even played a single game for his fatherland. What are the criterias the Coach Rohr used to chosen his players? Leaving the best strikers out of his team. Well, is too early to talk. Happy New Year in advance guys. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Edoman, New Jersey, USA. 5 years ago

    I have relentlessly said that Paul Unuachu is the Nigeria best striker. He is young, strong and uses his both legs and head amazingly. Like Yakubu Yakinni of late memory, Paul oozes fear on opponent defenders. Folks, check him out in youtube. If Paul is not in Russia, it is a big loss for our football.


  • lambert 5 years ago

    Top scorer in Denmark @ 23 should immediately lead eagles???? na wah for all this funny media men. God have mercy.

  • Have watch his goals, the guy likes scoring and hungry. A friendly match for him. Abeg

  • Patrick 5 years ago

    He should be invited to super eagles . Paul, Joel obi should be invited to the national team .Paul is better than nwakame .Danish league is better than isreali league.

  • Sint. 5 years ago

    Rohr should invite these couple of players to camp when ever is open: Onuochu, Joel Obi, Junior Ajayi and Ajagun. They will improve the attack and the midfield greatly.

  • vincent Onuigwe 5 years ago

    supported please , Rohr what are you doing for goal keeper , we really need eayema back