Taiwo Awoniyi has confirmed that he will not be spending the 2016-2017 campaign at Liverpool, and has departed the Nigeria U-23s get-together in Atlanta to seal a loan move to an unnamed European club.
With the departure of the Imperial Academy product from the training camp, it is assumed that only twenty players will be available to manager Samson Siasia for the competition in Brazil as the participation of Osmanlispor frontman, Aminu Umar is questionable.
Awoniyi, who has been training with the national team for the past two months or so, can’t travel to Brazil unless he gets approval from Liverpool and his new club, and this is doubtful as he was only named as an alternate player. “I am not returning to the Olympic team, my club said it is better I join my team than stay on the alternate list and they have the final say,” said Awoniyi.
“I will be going on loan but can’t disclose the club yet. “
The 18-year-old Awoniyi spent last season on loan at FSV Frankfurt because he was not granted a work permit that will enable him play in England.