Awoniyi receives maiden Nigeria call-up

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Taiwo Awoniyi has received his maiden call-up to the Nigeria senior team.

The Union Berlin striker received a late invitation to the squad that’s set to do battle against the Central African Republic in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. This was after Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi and FC Lorient striker Terem Moffi pulled out of the squad due to injuries they got last weekend.

Coach Gernot Rohr revealed the news of the call-up immediately after the forward scored a brace to help Union Berlin defeat Mainz 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Sunday evening.

He was a member of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets squad that won the Fifa U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

The 24-year-old has also featured for the Flying Eagles (U20) and the Dream Team Eagles (U23) in the past.

In seven league appearances, the bulky striker has scored five goals and assisted a further two strikes for Berlin.

He initially joined the German outfit on loan from Liverpool before making the loan permanent at the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign.

Nigeria have won both of their opening two qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde.

Rohr’s charges first defeated the Liberians by two goals to one, before thumping Cape Verde 2-1 away from home.

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By FARPost Reporter