By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Liverpool loanee and Nigerian international Taiwo Awoniyi has voiced his frustration over his English work permit issues, as the Nigerian has spent the last five years on loan due to the lack of work permit to play in England.
Awoniyi signed for Liverpool in 2015 after staring for Nigeria’s U-17 in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Imperial Soccer Academy youth product has not been granted a work permit to allow him play in England which explains why he has remained on loan outside England since then.
After loan spells with FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Gent and Royal Excel Mouscron, he is currently with German Bundesliga outfit Mainz.
“When it comes to work permit, this is one of the things you can’t control as well and to be honest, I never knew it was this difficult years back, when I signed for Liverpool,” Awoniyi told tribalfootball.com.
Though the Nigerian is yet to kick a ball for Liverpool, he has been delighted with the club’s recent success.
“But as a Liverpool player on loan, it was a great feeling seeing the success of the club and happy for each individual in the club and also a motivation for me as a player, I must say.”
In 2018, the 22-year-old native of Ilorin signed a contract extension with the club that runs till 2023.
The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup winner was on target for Mainz in their opening fixture in the German Bundesliga, when the league resumed after the forced break as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, in a 2-2 draw against FC Köln.
The Nigerian U-23 international is likened to legendary Super Eagles of Nigeria’s forward Rashidi Yekini.
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