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Exclusive: 2026 WCQ – Awoniyi Suffers Groin Injury, Out Of Zimbabwe vs Super Eagles

Exclusive: 2026 WCQ – Awoniyi Suffers Groin Injury, Out Of Zimbabwe vs Super Eagles

Taiwo Awoniyi will miss Super Eagles 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe due to injury, completesports.com can exclusively report.

Awoniyi picked up the injury in the game against Lesotho in Uyo on Thursday.

The Nottingham Forest striker was spotted at the Uyo local airport on Friday, 17 November, limping a bit as he was about to catch a flight to Lagos where he will head to England.

Also Read: 2026 WCQ: Blame Peseiro For Super Eagles Poor Result Against Lesotho –Esin

In an exclusive chat with completesports.com a close source who was traveling with Awoniyi, confirmed that it was a groin injury.

Awoniyi was in action for the Eagles against Lesotho before going off for Terem Moffi in the 59th minute.

He paired Victor Boniface in the starting 11 before being replaced.


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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 10
  • na injury-prone guy when he comes to the national team, he should face his club career with no luck with the national team.

    • TALK UR OWN 7 months ago

      I BELIEVE THAT BY NOW, PASEIRO SHOULD HAVE LEARN HIS LESSONS FOR ERRORS HE WAS MAKING IN INVITING WRONG PLAYERS { inviting benchwarmer, inconsistent , irrelevant players (IZOHO,ARIBO, SADIQ ), carried away with club performance alone (AWONIYI), and using EGO, SENIORITY & EXPERIENCE without fitness ( OMERUO)}. FOR PLAYERS INVITATIONS
      ** TAIWO AWONIYI IS NOT ALWAYS BE CONVINCING WHEN PLAYING FOR NATIONAL TEAM, WE ARE ONLY BE DECEIVED & CARRIED AWAY WITH CLUBS PERFORMANCE.
      THE POTENTIALITY OF CYRIEL DESSERS AND CHUBA AKPOM (BOTH FORMER TOP SCORER IN RESPECTIVE CLUBS)I S FAR FAR BETTER AWONIYI, AND SADIQ UMAR

    • TALK UR OWN 7 months ago

      AWONIYI IS A CLUB GOALSCORER DECIEVER. HE NEITHER IMPRESS NOR SCORE GOAL IN NATIONAL TEAM.
      ** CYRIEL DESSERS AND CHUBA AKPOM ARE FAR FAR BETTER THAN HIM.
      AND THIS IS WHAT WE ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT PASEIRO THAT HE IS ONLY CARRIED AWAY WITH CLUBS PERFORMANCE ONLY, NOT LOOKING AT POTENTIALITY & QUALITY OF A PLAYERS THAT CAN GIVE HIM RESULT IN SUPER EAGLE.

  • Michel 7 months ago

    He should go back to England,he was horrible against Lesotho,missed an open net and couldn’t trouble the defense,he shouldn’t make the final at on list either

  • JimmyBall 7 months ago

    It’s safe to say Awoniyi should focus on club career. He is injury prone and appears not to have what it takes for Nigeria… as a striker he has no killer instinct and appears always unprepared each rime he is on Super Eagles duty. He is one of those who had no impact yesterday.

  • Ako Amadi 7 months ago

    It was a surprise Peseiro started Taiwo who was recovering from injury at his club.Maybe Peseiro doesn’t watch EPL matches

  • The coach has a cult like list. You never notice say for every international match, he must replace nearly 6 at the end? The guy no dey follow form at all. I fit swear say na osimhen tell am make e no make this list. You for see e name

  • Respect is reciprocal 7 months ago

    Blame the coach for even inviting Awo who is just returning from injury. Awo is a one way path player, a player that can not take two players to score, can not control the ball intelligently will find it difficult to excel in Nigeria team. Awo can score goals in England because the structure of premiership is made for players with power and once there are good passes coming frequently Awo has little work to just tap in the balls. This can not work in National team where you have to be rugged , skillful , good control of the ball and also a good dribbler. 
    No much different between Awo and Osi just that Osi has zeal and tenacity when’re he is playing either for club or country. Osi will not even allow the opposition defenders to rest , he also defend from the opponent’s goal area. Awo on his part is alway dormant he can not force defenders to make mistake which can lead to goals. 
    Against Zimbabwe we should relax and soak the pressure then launch attack. The problem with this team is they can’t contain opposition’s pressure for more than 15 minutes before conceding goals and this is were the coach needs to fill the midfield with 5 players to mop up advances.  I will suggest we give Akor an opportunity he looks rugged and he is a fighter . Or bans might be another Denise ,reports coming from his team players say he is too selfish , always thinking about himself and ready to fight anybody that goes against him. We don’t want that kind of player in Eagles now. Lastly I notice our players are selfish i will single out Ademola Lookman for this and to me this has been his character whenever he is playing for us , against Saudi Arabia there were instatnces he should have passed to a player in good position but he decided to go for goal. The coach should talk to the players to eek for the country’s glory first before personal

  • Oakfield 7 months ago

    This guy should just return to england. He doesn’t have what takes to be a national team player. He has not really shown that spark of a striker since he came on board. Always jumping around aimlessly like a grasshopper just like sadiq that had a sitter in our match again tunisia at the last afcon and missed it. Dessers seems to be even better than him. Just a waste of precious space.

  • Larry 7 months ago

    Get well soon Awo!
    It’s okay to vent your anger on Awo but it’s absolutely out of order to single him out just because of your hatred for who is or because you are just being dishonest.
    If you are blaming Awo but saw nothing wrong with Osi fo the lost or drawn matches he started for Eagles against minnows or the many open scoring chances he’s missed for Nigeria
    If you coursed out Awo but saw nothing wrong with the fact the most inform striker in SE is yet to score a single goal and couldn’t score in the matches he gas started for SE.
    Very pathetic set of people!

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