Super Eagles star, Taiwo Awoniyi, is a monument to resilience and promise in the world of football, where dreams are constructed from sweat and ability.
Awoniyi, who was born on August 12, 1997, in Ilorin, Nigeria, is a story of unshakable determination that has taken him from local fields to international stages.
Signed by Liverpool FC in 2015, his career path led him on a series of transformative loan spells across Europe which has today, with his determination, agility, and goal-scoring prowess make him a formidable striker in the Super Eagles squad, as well as the Nottingham Forest.
As the Nigerian celebrates his 26th year birthday today, soccernet.ng highlights 26 key facts about the Super Eagles attacker.
1. Taiwo Awoniyi is a Nigerian professional footballer.
2. He was born on August 12, 1997, in Ilorin, Nigeria.
3. Awoniyi primarily plays as a forward.
4. He began his professional career with the Nigerian club Imperial Soccer Academy.
5. Awoniyi’s talents caught the attention of international scouts, leading to his move to Europe.
6. He signed with Liverpool FC in August 2015.
7. Due to work permit issues, Awoniyi went on multiple loan spells to clubs in various countries.
8. His loan spells included stints with FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron, KAA Gent, and Union Berlin.
9. Awoniyi gained valuable experience and playing time during his loan spells.
10. He represented Nigeria at various youth levels before making his senior debut.
11. Awoniyi made his senior debut for the Nigerian national team in a friendly against Ukraine in September 2019.
12. Despite being a Liverpool player, work permit challenges made it difficult for him to play for the club.
13. He is known for his pace, agility, and goal-scoring ability.
14. Awoniyi owns a football academy known as the Unicorn FC based in Ilorin.
15. Taiwo is a good friend to Jesse Lingard and Emmanuel Dennis
16. Awoniyi’s performances in various leagues have earned him recognition and respect from fans and peers.
17. He has been dubbed as one of Nigeria’s promising young talents.
18. Awoniyi has a strong presence on social media, where he engages with fans and shares updates about his career.
19. His loan spell at Union Berlin in the Bundesliga garnered significant attention and praise.
20. Awoniyi has faced challenges and setbacks, including injuries, during his career journey.
21. He has been described as a team player who contributes both on and off the field.
22. Maximilian Brommer is Taiwo Awoniyi’s manager
23. He recently hosted a Never Stop Dream tournament to inspire youths in Ilorin communitu.
24. Awoniyi’s determination to succeed has been an inspiring story within the football community.
25. Awoniyi currently plays for English Premier League side, Nottingham Forest.
26. The Forest forward has a younger twin sister called Kehinde