Taiwo Awoniyi back in Nottingham Forest’s pre-season win

Taiwo Awoniyi back in Nottingham Forest’s pre-season win
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Super Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi made his first appearance of the season for Nottingham Forest in their pre-season victory on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest fans had reason to cheer as their team graced the pitch for the first time since the final day of the Premier League season.

The club kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 victory in a friendly match against local rivals Notts County.

The game provided an opportunity for head coach Steve Cooper to assess his squad ahead of their highly anticipated return to the Premier League.

Awoniyi features in Forest's pre-season win

Cooper named a strong starting XI for the first half, which included some notable international talent.

In the 14th minute, Awoniyi showcased his skills with a delectable drag-back, setting up a chance for Orel Mangala, whose shot narrowly missed the target.

Nottingham Forest's pre-season fixtures

The match against Notts County was just the beginning of Nottingham Forest's pre-season campaign. The club has lined up a series of challenging fixtures to fine-tune their squad ahead of the new season.

Here is a list of their upcoming matches:

  • July 18:¬†Valencia vs Nottm Forest, kick-off 6pm (Ciudad Deportiva de Bunol, Spain)
  • July 22:¬†Levante vs Nottm Forest, kick-off 11am (Ciudad Deportiva de Bunol, Spain)
  • July 27:¬†Leeds vs Nottm Forest, kick-off 7.45pm (Pirelli Stadium)
  • July 30:¬†PSV vs Nottm Forest, kick-off 5.30pm (Philips Stadion, Netherlands)
  • August 2:¬†Nottm Forest vs Rennes – kick-off 7pm (St George's Park)
  • August 5:¬†Frankfurt vs Nottm Forest – kick-off 2.30pm (Deutsche Bank Park, Germany)

When will Forest begin Premier League campaign?

Nottingham Forest's return to the Premier League is eagerly awaited by fans who are excited to see their team back in top-flight action.

The club's first Premier League match of the 2023/24 season is scheduled to take place away at Arsenal on August 12.

It will be a stern test for Nottingham Forest as they face one of the league's established powerhouses right from the start.

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.