Onuachu thanks Nigerians “for the push” after his goal against Benin

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Paul Onuachu scored a stoppage-time goal to help Nigeria with a 1-0 win over the Benin Republic in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday.

Onuachu, who was a second-half substitute, headed home a rebound after Victor Osimhen’s shot was saved by the Benin goalkeeper.

It was the Forward’s second goal for the Super Eagles, since scoring on his debut in an international friendly against Egypt two years ago.

Paul Onuachu mobbed by his Super Eagles teammate after his late winner against the Squirrels on Saturday
Paul Onuachu mobbed by his Super Eagles teammate after his late winner against the Squirrels on Saturday

Speaking after the game, Onuachu dedicated the goal to the entire Country.

“Thanks to the Nation for the push, they really pushed me to show what I have to show in the National team, right now. I did it and I am so happy for the team and the Country,” the excited Genk star said.

“It’s a lot of confidence for a striker to score and I’m very happy,” he added.

He also predicted a good run for Nigeria at the AFCON in Cameroon next year, declaring the Super Eagles can enjoy a good run to the final.

“We just have to go there and take the gold,” Onuachu said after the game.

The victory means Nigeria will finish as Group L winners, although Gernot Rohr’s side had already qualified following the Group’s previous game between Lesotho and Sierra Leone ended in a stalemate.

The Benin Republic were on an 8-year unbeaten run at home and Rohr believes unity and determination helped his side win a hard-fought victory.

The hosts last lost at home in June of 2013 and were on a run of 17-game matches without defeat.

Nigeria will return to Lagos for the final match in the qualifiers when they host Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

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