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Union Berlin Celebrate ‘Hero’ Awoniyi After Stunning Win Against Dortmund

Union Berlin Celebrate ‘Hero’   Awoniyi  After Stunning Win Against Dortmund

Bundesliga club Union Berlin have celebrated Taiwo Awoniyi after the Nigerian forward scored in Friday night 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund, Completesports.com reports.

The forward opened scoring for Union Berlin in the 57th minute before Youssoufa Moukoko equalised for Dortmund on the hour mark.

But with 12 minutes left on the clock, Marvin Friedrich got the winner for Union Berlin.

The result ended a run of four straight games (three draws, one defeat) without a win for the home team.

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“Hey, @taiwoawoniyi18!

“We are so proud of you tonight. Three amazing performances when we have injuries in that position. What a hero!

“From Imperial Academy to Union! 🇳🇬🤝🇩🇪,”reads a tweet on the club’s Twitter handle.

Awoniyi has now scored four goals in 11 league appearances for Union Berlin this season.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Taiwo Awoniyi: the unlikely gate-crasher

    Taiwo Awoniyi has often made no bones about his Super Eagles ambitions; that is not new. Every time he would make that declaration, fans would take it with a pinch of salt; something that was always to be expected due to his indifferent form in club football. What is new however is that when he makes such statements now, fans will sit up and take notice simply because his current exploits in the German Bundasliga are making all and sundry take notice.

    Yesterday, the 23 year old centre forward attacked a space with precision inside the 18 yard box before leaping to direct his pristine header into the far corner of the net to power his team to the lead against an opposition that are famed for participating in the prestigious UEFA Champions League; an opposition once coached by his substantive manager at Liverpool. That match between Union Berlin and Dortmund would end 2:1 with Awoniyi winning plaudits for his goal and overall contributions.

    Against another behemoth of the European game in the way of current UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munchen on the 12th of December, Awoniyi was unremitting in his nuisance ways. As restless that an angry caged soul, Awoniyi peppered the backline of Bayern constantly, doing everything a centre forward would do but this time without the ultimate end product of a goal to his name. I had a conversation with a fellow Nigerian football enthusiast about the match on Whatsapp as the guy brought opprobrium to Awoniyi’s inability to convert his chances on the night.

    I was quick to draw his attention to strikers like Uruguay’s Cavani who is always as agitated as a pack of hyenas in and around the 18 yard box: they are nightmares for defenders. Yes, they could miss glorious chances on occasions but you can’t knock them for putting themselves about.

    The goals will come, I said to him.

    Sure enough, it came for Awoniyi – 2 in succession actually – against Stuttgart on the 15th of December and yesterday against Dortmund bringing his tally to 4 goals in 11 match (1 goal per 3 games; impressive!). You can’t be that effusive in and around the 18 yard box without it yielding results.

    And the results are coming. Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bayern Munchen: those are the circles that Liverpool-owned Awoniyi mingles in and roughens up these days.

    Whereas in the past when he would signal his intentions on the pages of online media platforms of playing for the Super Eagles, fans would be equally eager to move on to the next article on that platform without so much of a cursory read of the content of that article. Not anymore.

    So, is Taiwo Awoniyi a Super Eagles material?

    Gernot Rohr has had more time than most Super Eagles managers in modern history to build a national team. Yes, several names keep floating here and there but in truth, his team is taking shape with few spaces left for gate-crashers. Gatecrashers, that is what Taiwo Awoniyi will be because if Osihmen, Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu and Ahmed Musa (and alternative centre forward option) are all fit and firing, it will be a major coup for Awoniyi to usurp any of them for the much coveted Super Eagles centre forward role.

    On the fringes of Super Eagles initiation for that pivotal role are 1 or 2 other viable and exciting options whose goal scoring credentials might receive a boost in coming weeks. The competetion is tight and the rivalry is fierce.

    But, gate-crashing as a phenomenon is not alien to the Super Eagles over the years. Where there is a performance-will, there is a way in the national team. Centre forward Simmy Nwankwo came from almost nowhere to find himself on the plane to the World Cup in Russia 2 years ago. Unlike Simmy, Awoniyi is well known across age grade national teams. Some of his contemporaries are already household Super Eagles names. He might just be on the precipice of joining them.

    All he has to do is keeping hugging the headlines for his goals scoring exploits in the Bundasliga. If that that continues to happen, he wouldn’t have to gate-crash, the gate to the Super Eagles will open on its own accord for fans to finally see whether Awoniyi can translate club exploits to national team success (as we know, this has never always been the case!).

    • Thanks @Deo for this sublime submission. Your articles always make for interesting read.
      Keep it up bro.

      Taiwo Awoniyi is gradually getting to fulfill the potentials expected of him since after his exploits at age-grade levels.

      He needs to get his club troubles sorted and stop being a nomad who often gets loaned away by Liverpool, and he will permanently find his rhythm.Signing a permanent deal with Union Berlin wouldn’t hurt.

  • Anthony 6 months ago

    Thumbs up @deo, am highly impress with your write up.

  • Awoniyi should keep working hard the door will be opened for him.