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Awoniyi Joins KAA Gent As One-Season Loanee From Liverpool

Awoniyi Joins KAA Gent As One-Season Loanee From Liverpool

By Kazeem Tijani:

Taiwo Awoniyi has today joined KAA Gent on a season-long loan deal, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The striker, who signed a new long-term Liverpool contract last week, will spend the 2018-19 campaign with the Belgian club.

Awoniyi originally moved to Anfield from the Imperial Soccer Academy in his homeland of Nigeria in the summer of 2015.

The 20-year-old, who has represented Nigeria at U17, U20 and U23 levels, has had loan spells with FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen and Royal Excel Mouscron in the last three seasons.

KAA Gent finished fourth in the Belgian top-flight last term, securing a berth in the final round of Europa League qualification.

Awoniyi was unveiled by Gent on Monday and the Buffalos gleefully announced it on their official website

” Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi is on loan for one season from the English club, Liverpool FC. The 20-year old Awoniyi (August 12, 1997) played last season at Excelsior Mouscron on loan and did very well there. In 31 matches, he scored 10 goals and gave 7 assists,” Gent stated in their welcome message.

“Also against the Buffalo’s he proved his worth: he gave the assist for the of Mouscron’d equalizer against Ghent in the 3-2 defeat at Le Cannonier and he also scored the equalizer at 1-1 at the Ghelamco Arena later last season with the Buffalo’s winning 3-1.

“Awoniyi also represented Nigeria several times at the national youth teams , including the Nigerian U17, U20 and U23. He scored 11 goals in 23 games.

“We wish Taiwo a goal-fit and successful season at the Buffalo’s!”

Their season begins on Friday night with a trip to Standard Liege .

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  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    I wish you all the best boy..! Your performance graph is rising steadily each season and approaching positive unity. I see this season being your last on loan. Your next will sure be a permanent one. Kudos to your mentors and advisers too…FSV Frankfurt (german 2nd division), NEC Nijmegen (dutch 1st division) and Royal Excel Mouscron (Belgian 1st division) and now KAA Gent (Europa placed team). Para mia, thats a was to develop a player

  • Taiwo Vs Iheanacho who will I pick?

    Although Taiwo Awoniyi is expected to be unveiled as a Super Eagles player in the not-too-distant future, I have a funny feeling that his performances and impact for the Super Eagles have the real possibilities of eclipsing his one-time team mate and now-established Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho.

    You see, when Isaac Success and Iheancho were busy sorting out their club careers which ultimately led to their early invitation to the senior national team, Taiwo Awoniyi was travelling up and down to represent Nigeria in U-23 games which ultimately failed to secure him a slot for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

    With his club situation now blossoming, the stage is set for Awoniyi to be initiated to the Super Eagles.

    For his club last season, Awoniyi scored some goals that were simply and utterly brilliant; fine examples of fantastic finishes from an emerging-fantastic player. He showed his versatility to be able to play anywhere in the final third with pace, power and precision.

    Iheanacho, on the other hand, lacks sufficient pace to operate from the flanks and sometimes suffers from inability to be quick-witted in his decision making.

    No one has a crystal ball which can accurately predict what tomorrow brings for any player. However, going by what we saw of Awoniyi last season, a slot and bright future awaits the young man in the colours of the Super Eagles

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Sir Deo. I second ur motion.
      We are about to witness another Wilson Oruma vs Nwankwo Kanu scenario in Kelechi and Taiwo. Wilson was the toast of the Japan 93 squad. He was captain, Top scorer and tournament’s MVP all rolled in one. He was the latest sensation on the block back then…the new Etim Esin and was even tipped to make the USA 94 squad, while Kanu was coming more off the bench. While Oruma instantly made a progression to Europe, playing in the first team football in France, Kanu was snapped up by Ajax and started his footballing lessons from the youth set up. IMHO…Nacho was rushed to the top. And when u get to the top so early, there’s no where else to go but down. Taiwo on the other hand has started from the bottom and thus there’s no way else for him but the top. I see Taiwo lasting longer and becoming more influential than Nacho in the national team in years to come