Taiwo Awoniyi targets Fifa U20 title



Nigeria U20 striker Taiwo Awoniyi has revealed that his team’s ambition is to win the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup billed to commence on May 31 in New Zealand.

The striker whose goals helped the Flying Eagles win the African Youth Championship in Senegal and also seal a place at the world championship is part of the team currently training in Germany, and has said they turbo charged to face any team in the competition.

“With the preparations we have put in, we want to be world champions in New Zealand. Every game will be a cup final for us,” Awoniyi told Fifa.com.

“We are yet to watch any videos of our opponents, but our coaches have concentrated fully on preparing us for whatever challenges we will come across. We are ready.

“Our biggest strength is outside the pitch of play. It is the unity among the players. We are a big, happy family.

“On a personal level, scoring goals comes naturally to me. I also hold the ball up-front and try and bring my team-mates into the attack. I play for the team as well.”

The striker who is hoping for another life-changing experience in New Zealand , but failing there is not something which worries him greatly.

“Football is unpredictable. We are African champions and we want to prove ourselves again at the World Cup. I don’t want to think of failure in New Zealand because I believe in this team,” he concluded.

Nigeria face Brazil in their first game of the competition on June 1 against six-time champions Brazil at Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth before taking on Hungary and North Korea.



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