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Jay-Jay Okocha influenced my choice of playing for Nigeria

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Former England youth international Alex Iwobi has admitted that he ended up playing for Nigerian whilst still a teenager because he was influenced by his famous uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha.
The Hale End Academy graduate was first called up to a Nigeria squad for an African Games qualifier against Gabon in February 2015 but couldn’t make his debut because there was uncertainty over his eligibility having played for England youth teams in the past.
Later that year, Iwobi made his senior debut in an international friendly against Democratic Republic of Congo, aged nineteen.
In his bid to convince his nephew to switch allegiance to his country of birth, Okocha played the Arsenal card, saying the Premier League club have a huge fanbase in Nigeria and the then Gunners youth-teamer would be accepted by the Super Eagles fans.

Speaking to Nedum Onuoha’s podcast, Iwobi said : “He (Okocha) influenced me as well, he told me that when you play football in Nigeria you get treated almost like you are a king – the love they have for you.

“Arsenal fanbase in Nigeria is huge, he always told me that playing for Arsenal especially you are going to get that love straightaway and I felt that love when I first went.

“I went for the U23s and I ddn’t play for the Arsenal first-team at all but people still knew who I was just from Arsenal U21s.”

Iwobi was one of the stars for Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and was in the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 World Cup.

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CAF has deferred the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw

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Africa’s football overseeing body CAF has deferred the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw.

This was reported in a proclamation delivered on CAF’s true site on Sunday.

The draw was planned for June 25 in Yaounde, the capital city of the competition’s host country.

Be that as it may, on Sunday, CAF said the deferment was because of “strategic reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic” and another date would be reported at the appointed time.

“In line with CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has consented to defer the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 last draw for strategic reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The draw was at first booked for 25 June 2021 and another date will be declared at the appropriate time.

“CAF keeps on cooperating with its accomplices, the Cameroon government and the LOC with the goal of making theTotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a fruitful occasion and an incredible festival of African football.”

It woule be reviewed that the 2021 AFCON has effectively been returned a year due to the pandemic.

CAF a month ago delayed the resumption of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which had been booked for the initial a long time of June, accusing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The gathering period of African qualifiers for the World Cup is presently because of start in September.

The Super Eagles will be one of the 24 nations that will take part at the following year’s AFCON.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has reported the deferment of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations attract because of ‘strategic relations identified with the Covid’.

Following the finish of the capability round in March with 24 nations affirmed for the following year’s competition in Cameroon, the gathering stage draw was first made arrangements for June 25 in the host country.

Notwithstanding, qualified groups will presently need to trust that another date will know their destiny in the rivalry after the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee acknowledged Caf’s solicitation for rescheduling.

“In line with Caf, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has consented to delay the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 last draw for calculated reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the assertion read on Caf’s site.

The draw was at first booked for 25 June 2021 and another date will be reported at the appointed time.

“Caf keeps on cooperating with its accomplices, the Cameroon government and the LOC with the goal of making the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a fruitful occasion and an incredible festival of African football.”

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations will start from January 9 to February 6 with six arenas set to have the games across five urban communities in Cameroon.

The biennial contest has been moved multiple times before Caf chose to hold it in January 2022 as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Cameroon were at first reserved to have the contest among June and July in 2021 however it was subsequently changed to the January/February space two years prior on account of climatic conditions.

Simply a month ago, the African football overseeing body again deferred the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers from this month to September because of ‘challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic’.

Algeria are the prevailing African heroes after they crushed Senegal 1-0 in the 2019 Afcon last in Egypt.

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Super Eagle Teslim Balogun Stadium Training Camp Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Lesotho Clash

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The Super Eagles will hold their last exercise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Monday evening, beginning from 1800 hours.

Their last instructional meeting which will be administered by director Gernot Rohr is available to the media for just the initial fifteen minutes, at that point everybody will be compelled to leave the arena.

No columnist will be permitted into the arena when the Lesotho public group have a vibe of the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf because of COVID-19 conventions set up.

Besides, there will be no authority pre-match public interview because of the Covid pandemic.

The Super Eagles players and authorities were up toward the end of last night since they had to go to an occasion out of appreciation for Nigerian Federation president Amaju Pinnick following his political decision into the esteemed FIFA board.

Nigeria are ensured to top Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers paying little heed to the result of their last match against Lesotho as they are as of now on 11 focuses, four more than the Republic of Benin, who are second in the standings.

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13 Super Eagles stars expected against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho

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Super Eagles have begun arrangements for the forthcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho.

Six players who got together with the crew in Lagos on Sunday participated in a light recuperation exercise in the premises of the Eko Hotels and Suites situated in Victoria Island on Monday morning.

They are commander Ahmed Musa, Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Henry Onyekuru.

In view of their schedule, chief Gernot Rohr is wanting to have about 80% of the welcomed players available to him sometime in the afternoon, with thirteen additional players expected to report for global obligation before the end of business, which would carry the complete to nineteen.

The ten unfamiliar based players being normal today are goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, Alex Iwobi, Tyronne Ebuehi, Victor Osimhen, Jamilu Collins, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo, Abdullahi Shehu and Paul Onuachu.

Enyimba couple John Noble and Anayo Iwuala, in addition to Abia Warriors protector Adeleke Adekunle complete the rundown of players expected to show up in camp today.

Adekunla, a late swap for Leganes’ Kenneth Omeruo, began Abia Warriors’ 3-1 success over Katsina United on Sunday, while Noble and Iwuala could be included for Enyimba when they take on Sunshine Stars at the Agege Stadium in Lagos this evening.

The following are the 13 list man

1) Alex Iwobi
2) Maduka Okoye
3) Tyronee Ebuehi
4) Victor Osimhen
5) Jamilu Collins
6) Chidozie Awaziem
7) Leon Balogun
8) Joe Aribo
9) Abdullahi Shehu
10) Paul Onuachu
11) John Noble
12) Adeleke Adekunle
13) Anayo Iwuala
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