After abuse from Nigerian fans, Taiwo Awoniyi will not play for the Super Eagles in 2nd World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe.
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They tied the minnows at halftime with a goalless draw from the first half.
Tshwarelo Bereng's corner kick to Motlomelo Mkhwanazi put Lesotho ahead in the 56th minute.
Taiwo Awoniyi was taken by Super Eagles Head Coach Jose Peseiro in place of Terem Moffi.
Kelechi Iheanacho's corner kick, which Semi Ajayi headed in for the equalizer, gave the Super Eagles a boost in attacking momentum.
Taiwo Awoniyi to miss Super Eagles vs Zimbabwe
The Super Eagles have now stated that Awoniyi will depart camp.
According to the Super Eagles, Awoniyi has a medical situation and will not be available for the second World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe.
The statement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said, "Taiwo Awoniyi has left for his base due to pain in the groin and returns to England tonight.
"After discussions between his club doctors and Super Eagles medical team."
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