A Nigerian player and KRC Genk striker, Paul Onuachu, says he is “very well” despite contracting COVlD-19, as his followers on Instagram increased by over 10,000 after news broke that he had tested positive.
Onuachu was the only Genk player who tested positive for COVlD-19 after the club conducted tests in preparation for their first pre-season game.
He said prior to the tests, he was previously tested twice upon his return to Belgium from Nigeria and both tests were negative.
”I’m very well as I talk with you. I’m not just in the mood to talk right now. It’s the third test and the first two were negative.
“In a couple of days I will undergo another test and I will be fine, so there’s no need for panic.” He told PUNCH
The 26-year-old admitted that his Instagram followers had increased after the news broke that he tested positive for the virus.
“I have even had more followers on Instagram wishing me a speedy recovery after the news of my COVID-19 status,” Onuacgu added.
Onuachu’s Instagram followers had, however increased by 10,000, from 11,700 to 21,700.
”Everyone has to be careful and judge things how they go and hopefully the virus will go soon and everyone will be back to normal.” He added.
Following Onuachu’s test result, Genk’s pre-season friendly against Eendracht Termien on Thursday evening was cancelled.
In February 2015, Paul Onuachu was called up to the Nigerian under-23 national team. In March 2019 he received his first call-up to the Nigerian senior national team.
On 26 March 2019, Onuachu scored his first goal for the Nigerian team in a friendly match against Egypt. The goal was scored within the first ten seconds of the game, and the fastest ever scored for Nigeria.
Following the goal, he became “toast of Nigerian football” with his coach, teammates, journalists and fans talking about him. He was selected to the Nigeria squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. He played in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Burundi.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, recently won the Marc-Vivien Foé RFI-France 24 Prize for best African player in the French Ligue 1, the French football championship for the 2019-2020 season.
Osimhen beat Algerian forward Islam Slimani (Monaco) and the Moroccan defender Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Rennais) to clinch the prize.