Iwobi opens up on Okocha Impact, Wenger’s departure
Alex Iwobi is upbeat the team will make a big impact at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The Super Eagles have high hopes going to Russia 2018 having navigated through a tough qualifying group that had African heavyweights Algeria and Cameroon.No African nation has ever won the World Cup, but the Arsenal star has not stopped believing
“The way we qualified in the group made us very confident,” Iwobi told CNN Sport.“We’ve played against some big teams, some big countries, so we are very confident that we can go far.”
Gernot Rohr’s men will face two-time world champions Argentina, 1998 semi-finalists Croatia and debutants Iceland in Group D.Argentina and Croatia parade some of the best players in the world at the moment and Iwobi, who scored a brace in Nigeria’s 4-2 win in a friendly encounter against the South Americans last year, said winning the upcoming tournament is something he has discussed with his teammates.
Having represented England at youth level, Iwobi made his international debut for Nigeria in 2016 and is now a regular feature in a young and exciting Super Eagles side which includes the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Moses Simon.
Iwobi also talked about Arsenal’s departing manager Arsene Wenger who handed him first start for the Gunners aged just 18.
“I was very young, I was like a scholar,” he recalls. “He was always saying to me to enjoy your football, express yourself, and if you make a mistake just continue and be positive.