By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi who has enjoyed an eventful season so far has received a call up from the Nigerian Football Federation for a get together in preparation for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Iwobi has made Arsenal first team bench this season, featured regularly for the U21s and captained the UEFA Youth League side, and there was further good news for the Hale End product on Tuesday when he invited by the NFF for the U23 side.
Iwobi, nephew to former Super Eagles midfield wizard, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, is eligible for Nigeria through his parentage and is likely to accept the call-up.
The winger has previously represented England at U16, U17 and U18 levels, but hasn’t featured for the Three Lions since October 2013.
Recently Iwobi’s Arsenal U21 teammate Semi Ajayi was called up to the Nigeria senior team, but was unable to attend because of his club commitments, whilst Chuba Akpom remains eligible to represent the Super Eagles or indeed the Olympics squad, hoping to qualify for football event of the 2016 Olympics despite having featured for England at youth level.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ conversion into a central-midfielder has enabled Iwobi to establish himself as the first-choice right-winger for the Arsenal U21s side this season and he has been playing with confidence of late, scoring away to Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.