A former Nigeria goalkeeper, Greg Etafia, has offered to be the devil’s advocate. According to a South African publication, Sowetan, Etafia who was capped six times for the Super eagles between 2002 and 2005, was reported to have advised Bafana Bafana to neutralise Arsenal star Alex Iwobi if they want to stand a chance of emerging victorious against Nigeria.
Greg Etafia, based in South Africa is a former Moroka Swallows goalkeeper. .
Bafana will take on the Super Eagles in a crucial Group E Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the FNB Stadium (2pm Nigerian time).
Iwobi has played a starring role in the revival of the Gunners this season under coach Unai Emery.
The 22-year-old attacker has, since his international debut in 2015, made 23 appearances for Nigeria with five goals. “Iwobi is the future of the national team. Everyone can see the incredible things he is doing at Arsenal,” Etafia said.
“He is a player who can complement his team-mates and make them tick. I think the Bafana players will have to watch him closely” Etafia told Sowetan.
“They all know him because they see him on TV and know how dangerous he is.”
Etafia, who had six caps for Nigeria during his playing days and is now youth coach at Highlands Park, has been based in the country since 2002.
The 36-year-old arrived in South Africa to join the Dube Birds, whom he played for until his retirement in 2015.