.ON ARRIVAL: Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi (left) arriving at the Dream Team VI training ground in Abuja on Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 in company of his dad and manager Emeka Obasi. Photo: Courtesy of U-23 Media Officer. –
By Tunde Oyedele –
Reports reaching eyeonthesports.com on Wednesday, 14 January, 2015, say Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has arrived at the Nigeria’s U-23 team training camp in Abuja, pointing to the direction that the player has finally dumped England to play for his fatherland.
It would be recalled that England and Nigeria have been involved in a tug of war over the Arsenal youngster before U-23 Coach Samson Siasia extended an invitation to him.
The 18-year-old Iwobi, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, has represented England at U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels but the cheering news to football loving Nigerians is that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, appears to have snatched the forward from the English FA.
Media Officer of Nigeria’s Olympic Team, Timi Ebikagboro hinted that Iwobi arrived at the Dream Team VI training ground on Wednesday to participate in the morning training.
“Alex Iwobi arrived our camp in company of his dad and manager Emeka Obasi this morning. He trained with the team in Abuja”, said Ebikagboro, who sent a picture of the player and his father to the media.
Iwobi, who is Austin Jay-Jay Okocha’s nephew, is the captain of Arsenal’s U-21 side, and can play on either wing. He scored eight times in 35 appearances for Arsenal’s various youth sides last season.
He has already signed professional terms with Arsenal’s first team, and is close to making his first-team breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium.
Iwobi featured on the bench for Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Galatasaray in December.