Super Eagles striker for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon Taiwo Awoniyi has revelled in his call up to the national team calling it a “great privilege”.
The Union Berlin hitman revealed his mental readiness in a private chat recorded by NFF TV.
“I think firstly for me it’s an honour and a privilege, a great privilege for me by looking at the kind of talent[s] and player[s] we have in the country for you to be part of the squad is something that you should see as a privilege and of course like I always said, it’s something I’m really proud of my journey as an individual because it takes a lot of patience, a lot of dedication and most importantly the grace of God which is the most important thing.” The former Liverpool striker said.
It is not the first time the 24-year old will represent Nigeria at a tournament as he played key roles in Nigeria’s FIFA U-17 crown in 2013 and African U-20 Championship glory.
“And for me the tournament as a whole is something I’m getting really prepared for, to be ready to do the best for my country because I know what’s behind for everyone of us, you have your family to fight for, the name to fight for and most importantly you have 200 million people to fight for.” He added.
Being a graduate of Imperial Soccer Academy, Awoniyi joined Liverpool in 2015 but couldn’t nail a spot for the Anfield side. He was shipped out on loan for every season he spent, enjoying stints with NEC, Mouscron, Gent, Mainz 05 and Union Berlin.
He joined Union Berlin last summer and has gone on to score seven goals in just nine games for the side.