Following consistent grumblings of the English and its Football Association (FA) over the squaring away of Arsenal’s teenage hero, Alex Iwobi by Nigeria, the youngster has come out to shock them both by saying that he does not regret his choice of playing for the West African country.
Speaking in an interview with The Sun UK, Iwobi, who featured in the double-legged Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the Pharaohs of Egypt in March says that he is now a Super Eagles player through and through while also noting that no matter the challenges faced, Nigeria is a football powerhouse in its own right just like the English and should be respected.
Iwobi’s words come as a shock to English FA which had worked hard to prevent Iwobi from being capped by Nigeria in March but the youngster has since moved on, thinking already of how to be part of Nigeria’s squad to the Rio Olympics and also taking part in upcoming Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
“I do not have any regrets whatsoever in opting to play for Nigeria and will always do my best whenever I put on the green and white. I hope to be involved in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, too.
“Nigeria is a great footballing nation and deserves to assume her rightful place in Africa and world football, and I am keen to be part of a team that achieves this goal.
“I believe Nigeria has a crop of excellent players who are capable of doing great things at the Olympics.”
However, there is one thing Iwobi regrets, and this is that Nigeria missed out on a ticket to the Gabon 2017 AFCON championship.
“It was a massive disappointment for the team that we did not qualify for the forthcoming Africa Cup Nations,” he said.
“The coaches and players worked so hard to gain the ticket but it’s a shame we didn’t get through. We conceded a late goal in Kaduna and unfortunately we were unable to convert our chances in the second leg in Egypt.”
Make Money Online in Nigeria... Click HERE To Start Now!