Arsenal midfielder, Alex Iwobi has urged Nigerian fans to put Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations behind them, as he believes there are many bright days ahead of the Super Eagles, megasportsarena.com.
Although he admitted it was very painful losing the way they did, with a 94th minute winner from Manchester City of England star, Riyard Marhrez, Iwobi enthused that there are still many good moments to come for Nigerian football, especially the Eagles.
The dreadlocks-wearing playmaker, who played a total of 51 games for Arsenal in all competitions last season, scoring six goals and assisting nine, added that all the Eagles’ players should be praised for putting in their very best efforts during the ill-fated encounter in Cairo, Egypt.
He admitted that their efforts were not good enough to help them reach the final, but The Gunners’ former under-21 team captain, who has a goal to show against Cameroon for his efforts at AFCON 2019, stressed that he wants to keep looking on the bright side for Nigerian football.
The nephew of former Eagles’ captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha also thanked all fans that supported the team to pull off their big feats, back at the Nations Cup, after missing the past two editions in 2015 and 2017, for which he says the players owe them a consolation.
The opportunity for that consolation comes up Wednesday, in the third place match against Tunisia, ahead of which Iwobi stated further that the Eagles will work hard to get something out of the encounter, to ensure they end the journey at Egypt 2019 on a happy note.
Iwobi took to social media to reveal his enthusiasm and hope, for which he posted: “We Fought Our Hardest But It Just Wasn’t To Be.
“I Thank You All The Nigeria Fans That Have Supported Us Through The Journey , The Future Is Bright & There’s Defo Still More To Come.”
He went on to reveal during Tuesday’s pre-match press conference that the Eagles want to leave the competition on a good note after their heartbreaking loss to Algeria in the semifinal.
Iwobi declared: ”Even though we lost we also used it as a learning for our mistakes and our to progress as we are able to progress this far.
”I personally believe we are such a young team Nigeria, we have done well. We have done our country proud.
“We have fought in every game and we can go out with our heads held high but we still have one more game to play.”