When Super Eagles’ Manager Gernot Rohr announced his team for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Benin Republic and Lesotho, Paul Onuachu was surprisingly listed as a standby player.
This decision caused public uproar as the KRC Genk striker is blazing hot in the current Belgian Division A season.
Many questions was asked on the why the Franco-German named a striker who has scored 27 goals this season was placed on standby.
His critics stated that the striker hasn’t really been effective for Nigeria with just one international goal which was his debut for Super Eagles against Egypt.
Clubless skipper of the three-time African champions, Ahmed Musa was invited despite having his move to West Bromwich Albion fall through.
It took the withdrawal of Sadiq Umar for Paul Onuachu to be called up to the Super Eagles team for Benin Republic game.
The Super Eagles had few chances to score in the opening hour, despite the presence of Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze in the forward line.
There was a bit of sharpness in the Super Eagles’ approach when Paul Onuachu climbed off the bench for Kelechi Iheanacho who was below par.
The former Midtjylland and Vejle attacker made his 10th appearance for Nigeria.
Onuachu duly answered his critics with a sweet match winner that silenced Benin Republic in Port Novo.
Fast forward to the dead rubber against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Super Eagles thrashed Crocodiles 3-0 on Tuesday.
Onuachu was surprisingly named on the substitutes bench despite the lack of importance attached to the game.
The Super Eagles raced in front through Victor Osimhen in the 22nd minute.
Galatasaray central midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo benefitted from Osimhen’s benevolence to double the lead.
Paul Onuachu was subbed on for Victor Osimhen
The Golden Moment for Paul Onuachu arrived in the fray and showed his quality again.
He controlled a perfect pass from Kelechi Iheanacho and blasted home his second goal in two consecutive games for the Super Eagles.
Indeed Paul Onuachu has re written his story from standby to standstill.