Awoniyi: Playing at the Olympics will be a privilege

Samson Siasia - Olympics 2016

Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi has claimed that it will be a privilege to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 18-year-old spent last season on loan at German second division side FSV Frankfurt and has been tipped for a huge future under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

Awoniyi was part of the Dream Team that defeated Algeria in the final of the African Under-23 Championship hosted by Senegal and has been a mainstay in Samson Siasia’s team but he is not taking anything for granted.

“Nigeria is blessed with a lot of talent and it will be a great privilege to represent the country at the Olympics but I have to keep working hard and see what the future holds,” Awoniyi said.

Awoniyi talked up the unity in the squad and friendship with Manchester City star Kelechi Iheanacho, Captain Mohammed Musa, Granada forward Isaac Success, and Junior Ajayi.

“Isaac, Iheanacho, Musa, and Ajayi are like brothers and family – we talk and chat everytime and meeting again will be a great adventure for everyone.

“However, no one knows what the future holds. We just have to keep believing and trusting God for the best.”

Nigeria will play in Group B alongside Sweden, Colombia, and Japan at the Rio Olympics which kicks off August 3-20.