Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has expressed his delight at the chance to dorn the green and white colours of the Nigerian national team.
Coach Sunday Oliseh recently extended an invitation to the player for the international friendlies against Cameroun and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Iwobi, in an interview withGoal, stated his readiness to do his best for his fatherland, claiming it was an honour to have been called up.
“It’s a privilege to be invited to this great Nigerian national team and also to represent my fatherland. I just look forward to playing. I can’t wait to join the Nigerian team for the two friendly matches in Belgium. It is a great honour to put on the Nigerian green-white-green jersey.
“Well I can’t wait to play with the world class players that abound in the Nigerian team. I am still young and I am still learning the trade, so playing alongside these great players will do a lot of good to my playing career and most especially the development of my game and my future as a football player. It will definitely give me the needed national team experience like I am experiencing with my club Arsenal now having been promoted to the first team.”
Asked how much he knew about the Nigerian coach Sunday Oliseh, Iwobi say he had always looked up to players like Oliseh during his days playing for the national team.
“I used to look up to him when I was younger. I knew him to be a great player.
He had great technique as a defensive midfielder and he shielded the ball well and took shots too. So I am eager to work with him and I believe he will bring out the best in me.”
Iwobi also spoke about his best position on the pitch of play and how he feels about breaking into the Arsenal senior team.
“I prefer to play as an attacking midfielder, but in Arsenal because we have a lot of talented players so I just have to play on both the right and left wings as the boss pleases. If anything my preferred position is playing behind the strikers.
“I was very happy because I just wanted to play for this team. Arsenal is one of the best clubs in the world so it is a rare and great privilege to be in this team and to play for the first team. I think I am lucky to be chosen and I try to do everything I could to prove my inclusion whenever I am called upon by our manager to play. Yes I am happy and bouncing but I still wish I can get more minutes of playing time that any young player like me will crave to get.
I sincerely pray against having injuries which I believe can slow down any player.
Since the boss (Arsene Wenger) didn’t want me to go on loan this season then I think I should be involved in the team’s programmes this season. I have been working hard too on and off the field of play to always justify my inclusion in the team any time my boss calls on me to play.”
The striker finally assured Nigerians that he would give 110% on the pitch when he got the chance to play for the country.
“Well I can’t wait to show what I can do on the pitch for my country. I sincerely hope there will be more opportunities for me henceforth to put on the green-white-green jersey of Nigeria and to help win trophies for my country. I am excited to play for a great country like Nigeria and a great team like the Super Eagles.”