Father of one of the victorious Golden Eaglets’Mr Solomon Awoniyi, His striker son, Taiwo Awoniyi, has revealed that he used to beat his son, Taiwo, seriously to discourage him from playing football. Mr Awoniyi told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday at his Gbagba residence, in Ilorin, that he never knew Taiwo would play football to global level. He said his son’s football career started during his elementary school days, noting that Taiwo would always disappear from home to play football and the whole family would be looking for him. Awoniyi praised the efforts of Taiwo’s coach, Rasaq Olojo, whom he said discovered and nurtured him. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>
He said his son was part of the team that participated in a Coca-Cola competition in Ibadan, which later earned him a trip to London in 2010, where former Nigerian football stars Nduka Ugbade and Seyi Olofinjana, spotted him.
He said that Taiwo was voted the most valuable player and came home with the award from London in 2010.Mr. Awoniyi, a retired Police Officer, said he was happy to have watched his son represent Nigeria in a world tournament, despite all the beatings he got.