Flying Eagles star striker Taiwo Awoniyi has said he expects to know which club he will play for before the U20 World Cup in New Zealand later this month.
Awoniyi was one of the top stars at the recent African Youth Championship in Senegal and has been linked with several top clubs in Europe and Africa.
Among the clubs believed to be chasing Awoniyi are FC Porto, Celtic and Red Bull Salzburg as well as Esperance of Tunisia, whose officials are expected to storm the Flying Eagles training camp in Germany this week to try and convince the 17-year-old striker to sign for them.
“I’m still a free player, but I hope my future will be decided before the World Cup,” Awoniyi disclosed in an interview published by FIFA.com
Awoniyi, who revealed he hope to at some point major in mechanical engineering at the university, is also confident of Nigeria’s chances at the World Cup in New Zealand.
“With the preparations we have put in, we want to be world champions in New Zealand. Every game will be a cup final for us,” he said in the interview.
The Flying Eagles have been drawn into a tough group with five-time champions Brazil, Hungary and Korea DPR. Awoniyi said the players did not know much about the teams they would be facing.
“We are yet to watch any videos of our opponents, but our coaches have concentrated fully on preparing us for whatever challenges we will come across. We are ready,” he said.