Meet Nigerians deadliest striker abroad… Taiwo Awoniyi


The stock of Nigerian international Taiwo Awoniyi is on the rise in Belgium as he continues his scoring spree netting a total of four goals in five matches so far for his new club Royal Excel Mouscron in the Belgian top division.



The striker, a former national U-17 FIFA World Cup winner in 2013 was signed by English Premier League giant Liverpool in 2015 and has been on loan to a total of four different clubs across Europe. (Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands).


After failing to synchronise with their game plan at Gent in Belgium in the first half of the 2018/2019 league season having been sent out on loan by Liverpool scoring just once in 16 appearances, Awoniyi decided to join Royal Excel Mouscron, a team he flourished. In his first stint at the club he scored a total of nine goals in 29 appearances.

Since joining Royal Excel Mouscron in January of 2019, the striker has scored four goals for the club in five matches and the team is yet to lose a match also beating three of the top 8 team’s in the league in the process including Gent, Genk and Sporting Charleroi.

It took the talented striker just 68 minutes to score his first goal for his new club netting the winner against Oostende on the 20th of January. The Nigeria star in his second appearance scored a 90 minute goal to hand his team the maximum three points away from home against table toppers Genk.

Awoniyi has only failed to score just once for Mouscron and that was in their 3 – 0 home win over Victor Osimhen’s Sporting Charleroi. Despite the setback, the striker who has been compared to the legendary Rashidi Yekini returned to scoring ways as he netted his team’s opening goal in the 43rd minute against Gent in a 2 – 1 away win.

The striker who’s scoring instincts knows no bound was also on song on Sunday scoring the team’s first goal in the 47th minute against Cercle Brugge.

With his tally so far, Awoniyi remains Nigerians most prolific striker in Belgium in 2019 and one of the country’s most lethal striker presently.


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