Alex Iwobi, a nephew to Nigeria’s football legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha is hardly a scorer for the Super Eagles. But he takes special deliveries.
His goals have always been pivotal to the overall success of the team. Sports Village Square recalls that it was his goal that sent Nigeria to the Russia 2018 World Cup when he came in as a substitute in the crucial encounter with Zambia in Uyo in 2017.
It was also his goal that started Nigeria’s initial perfect group run in the series when he opened scoring in the away 2-1 defeat of Zambia in Ndola.
So, when he scored the winning goal that shot Nigeria into the quarterfinals in Alexandria on Saturday. Iwobi was only living up to his ‘special delivery’ reputation.
He later remarked after the match against Cameroon that he was indeed delighted to have scored the crucial goal.
He operated from the midfield as Nigeria trailed Cameroon until mid way in the second half to restore the lead which gave Super Eagles the quarter final ticket.
Iwobi said it was a hard won game that will linger in his memory for a long time.
“To score a goal in a tournament of this magnitude is a big achievement and scoring the vital goal that gave my team the passage into the next round is a feat am yet to comprehend but what is important is the fact that Nigeria won and ready to achieve enter results as the progress further in the tournament.
“We fought against a tough side and defending champions, it was the part of the lessons we learnt from the match we lost to Madagascar, hence we knew any margin of error will cost the team more and we have to deal with it.
“When we were down at half time, it was a big blow to us but we knew the match is still very mu h in our hands and all we needed to do is to remain focus and avoid any further slip that could result into conceding another goal like it happened against Madagascar,” he recalled.