Henry Onyekuru (middle) at Ebony Boot Awards

Nigerian youngster Henry Onyekuru has said he is still honoured despite missing out on this year’s Ebony Boot, which is awarded exceptional players of African descent in the Belgian league.

Onyekuru told ScoreNigeria.com.ng he was delighted to make the top five African players in Belgium after he finished fourth in the Ebony Boot ranking.

He said he would have loved to win it, but he was still fulfilled to have been nominated.

“I don’t feel bad because I did not win the award because to be among the nominees is a great achievement to me,” he told SCORENigeria

“There are lots of good players of Africa origin in the Belgian league, for me to be ranked fourth in my very first season in the top flight is something to be happy about. It’s an honour.”

Anderlecht’s Youri Tieleman’s, who is of Congolese origin, bagged the award as Onyekuru finished fourth to make the top five.

Landry Diamata (KV Oostende) was second, Sofiane Hanni (Anderlecht) was third, while Zulte Waregem’s Mbaye Leye finished fifth behind Onyekuru.

The enterprising Nigerian forward,19, has scored 18 goals in the league this season for AS Eupen and two in the cup.

Previous Nigerian winners of the Ebony Boot were Daniel Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba, Celestine Babayaro and Godwin Okpara.

 

By Olusola Alao

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