Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi was disappointed that he could not make his official debut for Nigeria’s Olympic National Team in the 4-1 thrashing of their Gabon in Libreville on Saturday.
The 18-year-old was paying the price of missing paperwork, with the Nigeria Football Federation failing to get clarification from Fifa to feature the ex-England youth international in the All Africa Games qualifier.
The news that Iwobi would not be eligible to play came at the eleventh hour, and he traveled with the squad to Gabon.
However, it was not surprising that coach Samson Siasia left his name out of the starting eleven and substitutes.
”Even though I am disappointed to not get my debut for Nigeria , I’m happy that my teammates/family were able to be victorious against Gabon,” said Alex Iwobi.
Alex Iwobi would have offered coach Samson Siasia an interesting alternative if he had featured, as he can play several roles in offense but he has stated that his preferred position is attacking midfielder.
”I am not a striker, that’s not my primary position. I prefer to play as an attacking midfielder. I can also play from the left or right wing,” the Arsenal number 45 told SL10.ng.
Except there is a last minute change in itinerary, Iwobi will return with the Dream Team VI squad to Nigeria before heading back to London this week.