the belgian league is great for nigerian players – taiwo awoniyi

15:00    13 Mar 2019

Taiwo Awoniyi
Excelsior Mouscron forward Taiwo Awoniyi says the Belgian Pro League is a great platform for Nigerian players to establish themselves.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Mouscron from the Reds, having spent the first half of the season at another Belgian side, KAA Gent.

Through the 2018/19 campaign, the Ilorin-born player has scored 10 goals and provided two assists from 30 appearances across all competitions. His form since returning to Mouscron (where he spent the 2017/18 season) has been exceptional.

The Jupiler Pro League has long been a great stomping ground for Nigerian players, including luminaries such as Stephen Keshi, Daniel Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba and Sunday Oliseh.

“The Belgian league is a good foundation for Nigerian players to gain more experience about European football,” Awoniyi stated in an interview with The Nation.

“We grew up in Nigeria being able to fight for yourself and I think this is a good place because from our background, it’s always about power and speed.

“It is true that the Belgian league has been a very good place for many Nigerian footballers; here they know that Victor Osimhen is one of the young talents for the Nigerian team and in the world.

“Personally, I think the Belgian league is ideal for Nigerian players because everybody knows the mentality of Nigerian players about fighting for success.

“This is good for us because we have the opportunity to fight through our challenges and this is why this place is good for us and I’m happy most of us are doing well here.”

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