AFCON 2019: Alex Iwobi says it has never crossed his mind to inherit Mikel Obi’s shirt – The Super Eagles captain is set to call it quits with the national team after AFCON 2019 – Nigreia will take on Tunisia in the third place match after losing to Algeria in the semis Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed that he has not thought of taking over captain Mikel Obi’s No.10 shirt when he retires. The Arsenal attacker has played the number role in Mikel’s absence from the squad, wearing No.18 and the No.10 jersey is set to be vacant after AFCON 2019.
And there have been speculations Iwobi could be given the No.10 jersey which the Gunners midfielder says it never crossed his mind.
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Nigeria is set to take on Tunisia in the third place match and Iwobi has said the team is focused on finishing the tournament on a high. “I have not thought about inheriting Mikel’s NO.10 jersey my focus is on doing my best regardless of jersey number,” Soccernet reveals. Busy Buddies ™ @thebusybuddies Rohr on Mikel: He picked up an injury yesterday couldn’t train so it is unlikely that he will play. H had a good tournament & we must remember there are people who participated in the qualifie who are not here. He’s here because he accepte to come without preconditions. 5 12:16 PM – Jul 16, 2019 See Busy Buddies ™’s other Tweets Busy Buddies ™ @thebusybuddi Replying to @thebusybuddies Rohr: This team is still very young & deserves to continue together. I thin will see all 23 players play even thou they might not start. It’s difficult for a choice GK to play but I know how dif it must feel for a player being in a tournament and not play.
The Arsenal academy graduate also stated that he believes he has had a good AFCON debut so far in Egypt and insists the team has a bright future despite the disappointing defeat to Algeria in the semi finals. “We were disappointed to have lost in the semifinal and we felt down for a bit but at the end of the day, it’s another match and we have to go again. “I think I’ve done ok for my first AFCON but I hope I can end on a good note. Our team is young and I believe the future is bright”.
had earlier reported that Gernot Rohr says he is not in a hurry to make a decision on his future as Super Eagles handler after Nigeria’s defeat to Algeria in the semi-final of AFCON 2019. The German tactician, who still has a year left on his current deal, has come under huge criticisms over tactics and choice of players.