Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi hope to win the Africa Cup of Nations at his first attempt just like Jay Jay Okocha


Okocha was a piece of the triumphant Super Eagles group in 1994 at his first appearance at the finals.

The 22-year-old was conceived in Lagos to Okocha’s sister and touched base in the UK matured four.

“I’ve seen a portion of his features from 1994 and it is cool to accomplish that too,” Iwobi disclosed to BBC Sport.

“I’m energized, I have dependably longed for partaking and speaking to my nation at the African Cup of Nations, yet it won’t be simple for us in Egypt

“The two dreams are working out as expected, ideally I can get the chance to play in Egypt.”

Nigeria, who won a third title in 2013 however have missed the last two competitions, will confront Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi at June’s finals in Egypt.

He concedes that he is as yet finding out about exactly how energetic Nigerian fans are.

“I thought I comprehend what playing for Nigeria genuinely implies, however the more I play in Nigeria and travel home, the more they [fans]influence me to accept greater than I have dependably longed for,” he included.

“The more I see the energy, the appetite that everybody needs for us to arrive and progress admirably. I think when I arrive I will comprehend more than I do now.”

Iwobi plays for England at under-16, 17 and 18 level before changing faithfulness to Nigeria and has shown up for the West African country.

He has since created some staggering rainbow flicks and traps that has summoned pictures of Okocha in his grandeur and exhibited his nephew’s undoubted capacity.

In spite of saying he needs to be his own man, the nearby media and fans keep on comparing him to the previous Super Eagles skipper and Iwobi is unbothered.

“I can never become weary of individuals looking at us. I see my uncle as an icon, somebody I have dependably turned upward to as a footballer,” he said.

“At the point when individuals contrast me with him… it resembles ‘stunning’ possibly they see me on his dimension yet I don’t trust I am there yet.

“What will be will be, he’s a skilful player, I’m very skilful myself so they are continually going to contrast me with him particularly that he’s my uncle.

“Regardless I have far to go, perhaps one day I can be on his dimension or more prominent.”

The Super Eagles had a baffling 2018 World Cup – where he was one of the more experienced figures in a Nigeria squad that was the most youthful (with a normal of 25) of the considerable number of groups in Russia.

The Nigerian fans had trusted that Iwobi would assume a key job in Russia however were left frustrated that the Arsenal player was just given a half against Croatia and late substitute appearances against Iceland and Argentina.

He is seeking after a superior crusade in Egypt as the nation pursue a fourth title at the recently extended finals.

“We were shocking not to go past the gathering stage in Russia, I figure the group progressed nicely,” Iwobi said.

“Tragically, I didn’t play as much as I would’ve gotten a kick out of the chance to yet I can possibly hope to helping the group when required.

“We’ve heard individuals state stuff like going there to win it and some have brought up that as a youthful and naiveté squad it will be an enormous weight.

“I don’t consider it to be weight, I think whether we can keep on playing as we did amid the qualifiers we’d have a fruitful competition.

“Aggregately we picked exercises in Russia and we have to make the most of it now.”

In October 2015 Iwobi made his introduction against DR Congo in a benevolent in Belgium and has scored five objectives incorporating into the 2-1 amicable thrashing by England at Wembley a year ago.


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