OwnGoal Nigeria

Your One Stop Shop For The Latest News on Nigerian Football and Players

Liverpool Teen Forward Awoniyi Close To Equaling Chelsea Ace Mikel National Team Record

image

Liverpool teen forward forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who is set to be sent on loan soon, is few details away from equaling Chelsea star John Obi Mikel national team record for Nigeria.

Mikel made history during the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympics when he scored for the U-23s against Denmark, as he becomes the first Nigerian player to score for Nigeria at all levels.

The Chelsea star scored for Nigeria at the U-17 World Cup in Finland in 2003, and followed that up with another goal for the U-20 at the World Youth Championship in 2005, two years later in the Netherlands.

At senior level he scored at the his first cup of nation appearance in 2006 in a tie against Zimbabwe before finally making history at the Olympics with his goal against Denmark in the semi-final.

Awoniyi reportedly set to seal a loan switch to Dutch side NEC Nijmegen is the only other active Nigerian player who has scored for all the age grade teams bar the Super Eagles.

The 19 year old Awoniyi still has time on his side and pending on how he progress, he could be called up to the senior national team of Nigeria.