SV Mainz of Germany striker, Taiwo Awoniyi has disclosed that one key factor that helped him and other players in Nigeria’s under-23 squad beat Sudan on Tuesday, was the massive level of support they got from the crowd at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
The lad on loan from Liverpool of England netted Nigeria’s first goal as early as the 10th minute of play and, after helping the Olympic Eagles pull off a stunning 5-0 victory, Awoniyi concluded that it was all down to total support they got in the stands.
He equally praised his teammates for their battling efforts in the encounter, as they had lost the first leg 1-0 last week, and he admitted that they all had to rise high to the occasion in order to turn the tide around against the North Africans.
The UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist enthused further that they are all happy to pick a ticket to this year’s Afirca U-23 Cup of Nations in Egypt, from which they hope to pick a spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
A first-half brace from Ndifreke Effiong followed Awoniyi’s opening goal, after which Sunday Faleye and Abdulahi Sanusi also made hay, after which the Mainz striker took to social media to celebrate the Olympic Eagles’ ticket to Egypt 2019, adding that he always feels honoured to don Nigeria’s colours anytime he is called upon to do so.
Awoniyi posted: “Always an honour. Great performance from the team and amazing support in Asaba. [We have] qualified for AFCON U23 Egypt 2019, glory to the most high.”