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Okocha insists nephew Alex Iwobi merited Nigeria call-up

07 October 2015, 21:34

Lagos - Ex Bolton Wanderers hero Austin Okocha was proud of Alex Iwobi's invitation to the senior national team for the first time in his career and has emphasized that his nephew merits his call-up on the back of his performance for Arsenal.

The 19-year-old, who recently received clarification from Fifa to sport Nigeria's jersey, is in line to make his international debut for the Super Eagles on Thursday when they face off with Democratic Republic of Congo in a friendly in Belgium.

Also read: Arsenal starlet cleared for Nigeria, gets Super Eagles invite

''He deserves his call - up to the Nigeria squad, he had a good pre-season and that's when people saw him,'' Austin Okocha told news24.

''If we have plans of building a new team, then, it is better we catch them young. It’s a well-deserved call-up.

''And it is encouraging for the younger ones who are coming up that they’ll get their own chance.''

The young season has been one to remember for Iwobi, with the striker netting his first goal for Arsenal's first team at the Emirates Cup against Lyon and extended his contract before linking up with the Nigeria squad on Monday.

But the Hale End product is yet to make his official debut for the Gunners, fueling speculation that he may be farmed out on loan in the not too distant future despite penning a long - term deal.

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