Alex Iwobi Explains Why Players Abroad Struggle when they Return to Nigeria


Alex Iwobi has berated the state of the MKO Abiola Stadium playing surface and complained the players have had to endure the playing surfaces in Nigeria.

The Super Eagles lost on home soil, to Guinea-Bissau and struggled against Sierra Leone as well as Ghana before them.

Recounting the experiences, Iwobi described the playing surfaces as difficult and a hindrance to the abilities of particularly the Europe based players.

The Midfielder emphasized the talent depth in the Super Eagles and how in an ideal situation, the team will be difficult to play against.

“For example, our pitch, we don’t know if we’re going to have a nice pitch when we are playing. Obviously, we’ve got a new coach now and we played Sierra Leone, but we just about beat them 2-1, a difficult game.

“Then we played Sao Tome and we beat them 10-nil, but we played on a great pitch.”

“A lot of us play in Europe now; we play on great pitches where it is easy to just manipulate the ball and play freely. If we have that in Nigeria, I feel like it will be difficult to beat us; I’m confident enough to say that not many teams can beat us.

“To start with for example, depending on a good pitch, if we have that I feel like we are unstoppable. I mean a pitch with level grass, no crops, just grass.”


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