“He has taken on the baton and he’s running with it”, Okocha hails Alex Iwobi

“He has taken on the baton and he’s running with it”, Okocha hails Alex Iwobi

Former Bolton Wanderers, Paris Saint Germain, and Fenerbahce star Austin Okocha are disappointed the world won’t get to see a much improved Alex Iwobi and other Super Eagles stars in action at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but insists the future remains bright for the team.


The former Nigerian captain, over the weekend, watched his new nephew, Iwobi scored a stunning goal for Everton against Manchester United in the Premier League.


The 26-year-old is one of the shining and exciting talents in the Premier League this season, and become a huge figure for the national team.


And Okocha who dazzled for both the national team and Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League League said, the former Arsenal academy graduate has taken over the batton from him, but he’s disappointed he won’t have a chance to show himself further in Qatar.


“He has taken on the baton and he’s running with it. Unfortunately, we’re not going to be at the World Cup but Alex has made a great impact and he’s improved the team. We love him playing for the Super Eagles,


“The future looks bright because of players like him now, bringing back their experiences from Europe home to Nigeria. That is what we want.”


Okocha has some positive words for Everton for their role in the resurgence of Alex Iwobi, insisting Nigeria benefitting from Iwobi’s development at Goodison Park.


“We have to thank Everton for Alex’s development. I think all his improvement and all his good work here, we are benefiting from as Nigerians. I would say thank you to Everton.” He concluded.

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