Nigeria and Arsenal player, Alex Iwobi may not have made the final cut in the race to become Africa Footballer of the Year award holding in Senegal on Tuesday, his time may just come at the end of the season.
According to Chelsea FC loanee and Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, Alex Iwobi is one of the key player that will lead Nigeria to glory this summer’s African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria who are three-time winner of the competition are one of the team’s favored to win the tournament going by the performance of the team since the last World Cup qualifying round of matches and the ongoing tournament to elite continental tournament where they qualified for both events with a game in hand.
Omeruo, who is
currently on loan at Spanish side CD Leganes in an interview with goal.com stated
that England-based midfielder Iwobi is now an important player in the Nigeria
“Iwobi has improved a lot and he brings that into the national team as well and he has good footwork, he moves well and he enjoys what he does. For him, it is fun to play football. He is a really good player but the exciting thing is there’s more to come,” he remarked.
Iwobi, 22, is enjoying his football at the moment having established himself as an important player for both English giants Arsenal and Nigeria since last year.
“We have a big chance because we have got some quality players coming up. This set of boys, they are good, young and the coaches are good. Anything can happen now for us,” he added.
“If we keep working hard and listen to the coaches then we can achieve a lot for the country. We just need to work together more and increase our understanding of each other. The last meet up was good because we had a lot of time to train.
“Right now, the team keeps changing. When we play together more and understand each other more then we might be the team to beat.”
tournament will be hosted by either Egypt or South Africa between June and
Nigeria last won the tournament in 2013 but failed to qualify for the last two editions and will return to the stage under the guidance of German coach Gernot Rohr, will be hoping to clinch their fourth AFCON title.