Super Eagles call-up a dream come true – FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu

Super Eagles call-up a dream come true – FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu

Paul Onuachu has said his first call up to the Nigerian Senior National team, Super Eagles is a dream come true. FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu has lived in Denmark since 2012, and for most of his time in Denmark, he has been a diligent goal scorer.

However, he had to wait to get a shot at the Nigeria senior national team, after been called up to the Nigerian under-23 national team in February 2015. On Monday, 4th March 2019 he was called up for Nigeria’s Super Eagles game against Seychelles and Egypt.

Onuachu said “I am super proud to be selected for the Nigerian national team. It’s something I’ve been dreaming for a long time, and it’s just a good feeling to have achieved such a great goal in my career. It has been a goal for me for a very long time, but you just have to be patient. I do what I can on the football field, and now I’m just glad it’s been successful, says Paul Onuachu.

FC Midtjylland’s head coach, Kenneth Andersen, believes that the selection is well-deserved “He has played well for a long time, and it is deserved that he gets the chance… Now I’m not exactly an expert on the Nigerian national team, but from my point of view it has been underway for a while.”

Paul Onuachu said he received the happy message over the phone. “I was called by the Nigerian coach (Gernot Rohr), And he told me he wanted to try me out for a while, and now he could find room for me on the team. says Paul Onuachu.”

Onuachu moved to Danish club FC Midtjylland in 2012, on a scholarship, from their affiliate team in Nigeria, FC Ebedei. He was a prolific scorer for their youth team, and made his first-team debut in the Cup later that year, before making his league debut in December 2012. In June 2013 he signed a new three-year contract with the club, before extending it for a further three-years in August 2015. In early 2015 he was loaned to Vejle BK, before returning to FC Midtjylland ahead of the 2015–16 season.

Onuachu is known for his goal scoring exploit in Europe, especially his 77th-minute winning goal for Midtjylland against Manchester United in their Europa League last-32 first leg tie in 2017. In October 2018, Paul Onuachu bagged a hat-trick in FC Midtjylland’s 4-1 away victory at FC Nordsjaelland. Onuachu has scored 17 goals this season with Midtjylland.

In 2018, Paul Onuachu admitted he would love to play for Arsenal. “The way they play is just the kind of football I like to see – and so I would like to play for Arsenal at one point…”

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