Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi has been identified as the reason behind support coming for the Super Eagles from Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is tipping the Nigerian team to excel at this year’s World Cup.
The former Borussia Dortmund hitman and ex-African player of the year said he is backing Nigeria to shine at Russia 2018, because he has enjoyed playing alongside Iwobi at Arsenal, since joining The Gunners in January.
The Gabon captain disclosed that, because of his friendship with Iwobi, he will support the Eagles to do well in Russia.
Nigeria are in Group D with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina, ahead of which Aubameyang, scored 10 goals and provided four assists in 13 English Premier League appearances for The Gunners, also expressed his love for Nigeria’s new jerseys.
“I support Nigeria for World Cup because of my friend @alexiwobi but to tell the truth also because of your @nikefootball kit 😆😂😂. I need one,” Aubameyang tweeted on Thursday.
Incidentally, Iwobi has been Nigeria’s most impressive player in their last three friendlies and is expected to start against Croatia in their opening game on 16 June in Kaliningrad.
The Eagles will then take on Iceland in at Volgograd Arena on the 22nd of June, while their final group game is against Argentina in Saint Petersburg four days later.
Eagles’ Camp Flooded With Native Attire For Russia Trip
The Super Eagles’ pre-World Cup camp in Austria has been flooded by a large consignment of native attires from Nigeria, in readiness for the team’s trip to Russia next week for participation at the 2018 Mundial.
Reports out of the team’s base at Avita Resort indicate that, though the traditional wears had initially been billed for their farewell visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the materials have now eventually landed in Austria.
Consequently, all the 23 players, coaches and backroom staff will wear complete sets of native attires when they leave Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria for Russia on Monday, June 11.
A camp source disclosed: “The traditional dresses were initially meant for May 30 when President Muhammad Buhari hosted the team at Aso Rock before they left for London.
“The team had to wear their Nike shirts and tracksuits because the tailors were unable to meet the deadline for the presidential visit.
“The idea to appear in traditional Nigerian attires will no doubt make the team look unique since most teams coming to Russia may likely appear in suits.”