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Soccer News of Friday, 29 July 2022


'I want to create Forest fanbase in Nigeria' - Awoniyi

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Nottingham Forest's new signing, Taiwo Awoniyi hopes his move to the newly promoted Premier League side will draw Nigerian fans to the club.

The 24-year-old joined the newcomers in June for a club record fee of £17.5m

Nigerians, like many other nations, are ardent followers of the English Premier League with most fans pledging their loyalty to the top six clubs, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspurs.

But the new arrival from Union Berlin believes that with good performance coupled with attractive football Forest can attract fans from back home in Nigeria.

"Our fans love to watch and support Nigerians playing in the Premier League and I believe some of them will try to create a Nottingham Forest fanbase, too," Awoniyi told BBC Sport Africa.

"I know Nigerians like some clubs already, but when you have one of their own and play attractive football, you will automatically get them on your side.

"I believe they will support us, and of course, I have my friends and family who were already waiting for me to play in England. It will be an exciting one for them."

The Premier League is the most watched league in the world. It also features the most prestigious clubs making it the most competitive league the world over.

Nigerian legends like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu have all featured for clubs in the world's most-watched league.

Currently, Super Eagles stars like Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, and Alex Iwobi, among others, all ply their trade for clubs in the Premiership.