Iwobi : Being Okocha’s Nephew Helped Me In My Early Super Eagles Days

Super Eagles playmaker, Alexander Iwobi opens up on difficulties in his early days with the Nigerian national team; npflupdates.com reports.

Iwobi has been part of the Super Eagles set-up since 2015. And has since integrated himself into the national team’s starting XI, and being part of the team on three different AFCON tournaments. Also, he was with the three-time African champions at the 2018 FIFA world cup tournament in Russia.

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Alex Iwobi in action for Fulham FC 

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In a recent video that has since gone viral, Iwobi was spotted in salon discussing with some persons about the Super Eagles.

What Iwobi said about being Okocha’s nephew

According to the former Arsenal playmaker, it wasn’t easy for him when he first arrived at the Super Eagles. But his status as Austin Jay Jay Okocha’s nephew helped him settle down.

” So yeah when I first came, I was literally the only one innit. I wanted to say I was the first but there was Carl lkeme, the Wolves goalkeeper but it was literally just me. I was on my own but I was Okocha’s nephew, it kinda helped. All of them were like ah this is Okocha’s pikin (child). I just had to adapt but I was on my own innit,” the Fulham FC playmaker was quoted by Owngoal Nigeria.

Alex and Okocha

“But when I started, obviously I started it bare UK man started coming in more or less innit. But at the same time for example William Troost-Ekong he is not fully Nigerian, he is from Holland and then there was Leon Balogun who is from Germany. So I was with them man. But then now bare UK man.”

“Do you feel like we are going to see more UK man in the team? He was asked by somebody in the video.

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“Yes,” he replied.

The former Everton midfielder was also shocked when he learnt Liverpool ace Curtis Jones is eligible to play for Nigeria adding his Nigerian roots.

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