• Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho and Iwobi make 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad

    Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho and Iwobi make 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad

    Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Watford striker Odion Ighalo have been named in the 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad that will take part in final training in the United States next month.

    The Nigeria Football Federation released the list sent in by coach Samson Siasia ending speculation about the identity of the over-23 players in the team as allowed by Fifa.

    Defender Godfrey Oboabona and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi are the other over-age players that will compete for three slots in the team.

    Despite […]

  • I was told I won’t make it in football – Iwobi

    I was told I won’t make it in football – Iwobi

    Arsenal and Nigerian forward, Alex Iwobi in this interview with Arsenal magazine, recalls how he was told that he was not good enough to play football and won’t succeed through the round leather game.

    Excerpts:

    It was an incredible season for you Alex, when did you first realise how big it could be for you?

    I think it was after my first start, in the FA Cup game against Sunderland at Emirates in January.I’d played a few games as sub, but I think […]

  • Amodu told us to wear Nigeria’s colours with pride – Iwobi

    Amodu told us to wear Nigeria’s colours with pride – Iwobi

    Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has paid tribute to late coach Shaibu Amodu, the former technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation, who died at the weekend aged 58.

    The 20-year-old recalled a meeting with Amodu before the Super Eagles’ 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Egypt in Kaduna last March.

    He said that Amodu enjoined the players to wear the national colours with pride, dedication and commitment.

    “What struck me most was Coach Amodu’s in-depth knowledge of the game, his attention […]

  • Iheanacho, Iwobi Ready to Lead New Super Eagles, Says Yusuf

    Iheanacho, Iwobi Ready to Lead New Super Eagles, Says Yusuf

    Super Eagles’ Caretaker Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has backed the likes of Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi and his Manchester City counterpart, Kelechi Iheanacho, to play for the country for the next 10 years.

    He said he believes Nigeria now have a pool of exciting young talent, who if given the chance will flourish for many years at full international level.

    Youngsters Iwobi, 20, and 19-year-old Iheanacho, as well as Wilfred Ndidi (19 years), Kingsley Madu (20 years), Musa Mohammed (19 years), William Troost-Ekong […]

  • I won’t stop Iwobi from representing Nigeria at Olympics, says Wenger

    I won’t stop Iwobi from representing Nigeria at Olympics, says Wenger

    Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has insisted he will not stop Alex Iwobi from playing for Nigeria at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

    The tournament runs from August 3 – 20 and could see the youngster miss the start of the 2016/2017 season, but Wenger is not ready to block his participation.

    “He had the choice between England and Nigeria and in the end he chose Nigeria,” Wenger told reporters ahead of the Gunners clash against West Ham.

    “We respect that, and also […]