Why I Decided To Play For Nigeria – Iwobi

Why I Decided To Play For Nigeria – Iwobi

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Added by November 17, 2017

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed why he chose to represent Nigeria at senior level instead of England.

The attacking midfielder inspired the Super Eagles to a 4-2 comeback win over Argentina with two well-taken goals in Tuesday’s friendly game.

Iwobi, who made his Nigeria debut in October 2015, is a former English youth international having played for the European side’s Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 teams.

However, at senior level, the Lagos-born attacker opted to switch allegiance to the African side and has recently explained why.

“I was growing up in England and England was the only national team I knew, so I was actually very pleased to play at national level,” Iwobi told Soccer Laduma.

“However, my family are all from Nigeria, I was born in Nigeria, my uncle (Jay-Jay Okocha) is a legend in Nigeria,” the 21-year-old continued.

“That’s why I thought I would give it a chance. That’s why I went to the U23s and somehow felt more welcome, and I thought it’s where I belong, so I made the decision to switch.”

Iwobi’s lone goal helped Nigeria beat Zambia 1-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier last month and as a result, the Super Eagles booked their place in the finals.

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