Iwobi wants to emulate Okocha’s AFCON success


Alex Iwobi wants says he was to win the African Cup of Nations title in Egypt and join his uncle Jay Jay on the list of the AFCON winners.



Iwobi’s uncle Okocha was integral part of the Super Eagles class of 1994 that won Nigeria’s second African Cup of Nations title in Tunisia back in 1994.

However,The 22 year old Arsenal forward has grown to become an important player in Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles and is expected to play a key role for Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON finals this summer in Egypt which will be his first appearance.
“I’ve seen some of his highlights from 1994 and it would be cool to achieve that as well,”

“I’m excited, I have always dreamt of participating and representing my country at the Africa Cup of Nations, but it won’t be easy for us in Egypt
“Both dreams are coming true, hopefully I can get to play in Egypt.”

Iwobi made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé , Belgium and has gone to make 27 appearances for the team, but the Arsenal’s academy graduate admits he is still learning about just how passionate Nigerian fans are.

He stressed further that he’s enjoying how the fans are comparing him to uncle Jay Jay Okocha.

“I thought I understand what playing for Nigeria truly means, but the more I play in Nigeria and travel home, the more they [fans] make me believe bigger than I have always dreamt of,” he added.


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