Iwobi says Nigeria remain confident
Today is something of a ‘day of destiny’ for the Nigerian national team, as they prepare to come head to head with Argentina once again in an attempt to qualify for the K.O. round of the FIFA World Cup. If they win the game then nothing can stop them from progressing, if they lose then they’re out, and if they draw then they’ll have to hope that Croatia do them a favour and avoid defeat against Iceland. It’s going to be a nervous 24 hours for Nigerians all across the globe, but after hearing what some of the squad members themselves have to say, it seems as if they’re taking everything in their stride. Or, at least, that’s what it felt like upon hearing Alex Iwobi’s recent comments.
The Arsenal star has spoken out on his whole World Cup journey, saying that it’s always been a dream of his to represent his country on the world stage. He seemed calm in his demeanour when answering questions from the journalists, and for the most part, he came across as an incredibly sincere guy. He spoke about Nigeria’s confidence in the wake of their win over Iceland, saying that they’re extremely motivated and that they’ve been preparing well. That may sound like nothing new for anyone who is in that kind of position at a tournament like this one, but for Nigeria, they seem to be growing more and more as their stay in Russia goes on.
Iwobi, who scored against England in one of their final World Cup warm-up games at Wembley, was pinpointed as a potential dark horse to succeed for Nigeria during this tournament. While he may have struggled to get going against Croatia he’s looked lively at times, and he’s someone who will always be pushing from the first whistle until the very last. He made an impact late on against Iceland as a fresh pair of legs to help Nigeria see the game out, and while that may sound like something anyone in the squad could’ve done, Alex plays with a tenacity and intensity that few members of the Super Eagles squad can replicate. Now, however, he’ll be hoping to start the game and register a full 90 minutes of play. The game is one of the two late kick-offs alongside the aforementioned Croatia/Iceland showdown, with all four teams still being left to wonder where they’ll end up in Group D. Many fans have voiced their frustration at not being able to watch both games at the same time, but if you’re dedicated enough, you can follow the action of the all-European clash while simultaneously seeing whether or not Nigeria can progress into the Round of 16 once again.