Former youth international, Taiwo Awoniyi has jumped at the opportunity of playing in next season’s UEFA Champions League, hence his decision to accept an offer from Club Brugge of Belgium.
Rather than settle for a spot in the Europa League with KAA Gent, Awoniyi has opted to join their Belgian league rivals, Club Brugge, who had Daniel Amokachi and Joseph Akpala on their cards years ago.
Awoniyi was heavily courted by Gent after his 11 goals for Royal Excel Mouscron on loan last season from Liverpool, but Brugge have won the race for his signature.
At Brugge, Awoniyi will play alongside fellow-Nigerian attackers, Dennis Bonaventure and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, who was his teammate two seasons ago, while he was on loan at NEC Nijmegen of Holland.
Brugge will campaign in the Champions League and it is believed that swayed Awoniyi to have a change of mind about joining Gent.
He was supposed to be a part of the deal meant to take Moses Simon to Liverpool but that changed after Gent decided to sell the winger to German Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg.