Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi is exuding confidence for a successful outing by the Super Eagles at this year’s World Cup, as he says he and his colleagues in the Nigerian national team have been boosted to withstand any pressure that comes their way.
After overcome the gigantic threat of three top African countries – Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia – in the qualifiers, Iwobi reckons that the Eagles have already surmounted great odds and believes memories of that feat would drive them to glory in Russia.
Iwobi is upbeat the team will make a big impact at Russia 2018, ahead of which he says he will not stop believing in Nigeria’s ability to cause a shock or two at this year’s Mundial.
He stressed that he and his pals have no complexes heading to Russia, where they will face two-time world champions Argentina, 1998 semi-finalists Croatia and fearsome debutants Iceland in Group D.
Argentina and Croatia parade some of the best players in the world at the moment but Iwobi, who scored a brace in Nigeria’s 4-2 win in a friendly encounter against the South Americans last year, said he is not apprehensive.
Rather than be cowed by the opposing teams’ potentials and stars, Iwobi 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 Eagles side which includes recent youth internationals like Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Moses Simon.
Iwobi said: “The way we qualified in the group made us very confident. We’ve played against some big teams, some big countries, so we are very confident that we can go far.”