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Why Oliseh Invited Iwobi – NFF

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 2nd vice president, Shehu Dikko, has given reasons for the invitation of Arsenal starlet, Alex Iwobi, to the Super Eagles against DR Congo and Cameroon next month.



Iwobi, 19, was handed a late invitation by Coach Sunday Oliseh.

Dikko, who is also the chairman of the Nigerian League revealed that Oliseh invited the player at the behest of U-23 coach, Samson Siasia, who needs the youngster for the U-23s. He must play at full international stage for Nigeria for him to be available at the U-23.

“Iwobi’s invitation is for football reason. It is technical but for the good of the country. Iwobi has declared intention to represent Nigeria and he is good enough to represent Nigeria at U-23.

“However, as he has played for England at the junior level he cannot play for Nigeria again at the junior level as FIFA would only approve his change of Nationality if he plays for the Super Eagles,” wrote Shehu Dikko on his Facebook page.

“Therefore, his call-up now is to get his nationality change sorted and thus make him available to play for the Nigeria U-23 If selected.

“Oliseh called him up on the request of Siasia who wants to use him for the U-23 and by this action Nigeria will have secured his allegiance and this would also further motivate other players like him to come along.

“Finally on footballing terms, the potential of Iwobi is not in doubt based on what he did during Arsenal pre-season. So in the long term this might be a very good decision for Nigeria and Iwobi.”