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Arsenal teenager keen to represent Nigeria

24 February 2015, 17:08Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Arsenal FC of England teenager Alex Iwobi’s father has expressed the enthusiasm of the entire family for the player to represent Nigeria.

“Alex is very, very keen and the entire family is enthusiastic for him to represent Nigeria. He was born here in Nigeria but we took him as a four –month old baby to England and he has been there ever since.

“He turned out for England at U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels in a number of friendlies and invitational tournaments, but we are all eager for him to play for Nigeria at senior level,” Chuka Iwobi, a lawyer, told thenff.com.

Alex Iwobi traveled to Gabon with the U-23 National Team for an 11th All-Africa Games qualifying match at the weekend, just to feel the culture and tempo of the Nigeria National Team camp setting.

Also read: NFF explains Alex Iwobi invitation

“We are all excited at the imminence of Alex wearing the green-white-green. Anything that we need to do, any letter or papers that we need to give to the Nigeria Football Federation, we are ready to do that.

“I can’t believe the publicity that he has amassed over the past weeks. You open the papers and they are talking about Alex, and also on the radio. It is amazing.”

Chuka Iwobi, from Onitsha in Anambra State, confirmed that his mother is English but father a Nigerian, and there is no iota of doubt on where his heart lies.

“Even if he is not able to play for the U-23 National Team, we are looking forward to him playing for the Super Eagles. It will be the fulfillment of a dream.”

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