Former Flying Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi has thanked Mainz 05 medical team for helping to save his life after a close shave with death during Sunday’s German Bundesliga matchday 31 tie between Mainz and Augsburg at Opel Arena.
Awoniyi was concussed after a clash of head with Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he completed his recovery.
The 22-year-old who will miss Mainz 05 next Bundesliga fixture against Borussia Dortmund spoke through his club’s official website, and thank everyone who played their part in keeping him alive.
He said: “The last thing I remember was when I headed the ball, then I passed out. It was really hard to regain my consciousness, and to properly “wake up”. It also took some time before I was able to remember everything. But I feel a lot better already.
“I’d like to thank the medical staff at Mainz 05 and at the Unimedizin Mainz, for they looked after me very well. And I’d like to thank God for protecting me in this situation and for making everything possible for me anyway.
Unfortunately, I won’t be available to help the team against Dortmund, but I will support them regardless. Together we will give our all for the fans and avoid relegation, of that I’m sure!” he said.
The game was Awoniyi’s fifth start in 12 appearances for Mainz, since the Bundesliga restart and he has also scored once for the team.