Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

Alex Iwobi expects Afcon to be a battle for Nigeria

Alex Iwobi Nigeria AFCONAlex Iwobi expects Nigeria’s AFCON campaign to be ‘like a war’ with even the smaller nations fighting hard.

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Alex Iwobi says that Nigeria may be favourites to progress from their Africa Cup of Nations group but their task will not be simple.

The tournament has expanded to include 24 Nations adding an extra knockout round, a format that is likely to encourage every country to scrap for every point they can get.

Nigeria are grouped with AFCON newcomers Burundi and Madagascar but Iwobi feels it would be foolish to take either side lightly. Nigeria failed to qualify for the last two AFCON tournaments coming unstuck against less-fancied teams.

“Everyone is saying on papers that we should go through and qualify [from Group B] but we know it is not going to be easy,” Iwobi told the NFF media.

“Every team is there to try and do their best, to try and win. It is going to be almost like a war, it is going to be a serious battle and fight, every game will be competitive.

“I’m sure Madagascar and Burundi, even though it is their first, they will come to prove to everyone why they had the chance to get to the Afcon.”

Alex Iwobi could be part of another golden generation of Super Eagles

Twenty members of Nigeria’s Super Eagles squad will be making their Afcon debut with only three survivors from the 2013 side that won the trophy in South Africa. Iwobi believes the young group of players have a bright future regardless of what happens in Egypt.

“We know it will not be easy because it’s been a while we played at the Africa Cup of Nations but we are going with confidence and our heads held up high,” Iwobi added.

“And not only that, we are still young and the future is very bright with young talents in the team. There is a lot of hope and a bright future ahead of us.”

Nigeria begin their AFCON campaign with a meeting against Burundi in Alexandria on Saturday.

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