Awoniyi: U-23 Eagles Will Thrash Congo

By Richard Jideaka:

Ahead of the July 19 Olympic qualifier against Congo, Taiwo Awoniyi is confident that the Nigeria Under-23 team will take a handsome win to the second leg.

Speaking with in Abuja soon after coach Samson Siasia included him in a list of 23 that will play their Congolese counterparts in Port Harcourt, Awoniyi said the team has resolved to beat Congo with a heavy score line that will make the return leg in Congo inconsequential.

The striker, who is among the players who were promoted from the Under-20 team, said the coaches have been telling the players that Congo game is a must win, but they are not thinking of just winning, but beating their opponents silly.

“We dont know how the Congolese play but we are determined to play our normal game and get a good result in Port Harcourt and go and finish the business in Congo. For them to get to this stage, they must be a good side that we must take seriously,” Awoniyi told

“For me, I dont predict matches but I will as usual put in my best and if the goal-scoring opportunity comes, I will take it, but my concern is for the team to win well. It does not matter who scores so long as we get a very good result.”

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On his future, Awoniyi said that he would finally move to Europe next month but would not devulge the exact country or club he would be plying his trade next season.

He stressed that his refusal to play in the domestic league was never intended to slight the Nigerian league “but just that things did not work out the way I planned. The Nigerian league standard is high and the clubs are well managed too.”  

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