Alex Iwobi has revealed that the general feeling among Super Eagles players is that the AFCON trophy should return to Nigeria.
According to Iwobi, the players have indicated their resolve to ink their names in Nigeria football history by winning the tournament.
Iwobi is making his first appearance at the continent’s football festival and he is optimistic about Nigeria’s trophy chances.
He acknowledged the difficult task ahead especially in the Group stages where Nigeria have been paired with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar but remains confident about the Eagles’ ability to come home with the giant trophy.
“Everyone is always going to say on paper that we should go through, we should qualify with ease but we know it’s not going to be easy, every team is in there to try and do their best, to try and win. It’s going to be almost like a war. It’s going to be a serious battle and fight”.
“Every game is really going to be competitive. I’m sure Madagascar and Burundi even though it’s their first appearance, are coming with a lot to prove, to show everyone why they had the chance to get into the African Cup of Nations. I think both of them finished well in their group. We know it’s not going to be easy”, Iwobi told the NFF
He revealed that the team has not held a meeting over their target for AFCON but was quick to add that the general impression from the playing body is the trophy must return to Nigeria
“We haven’t really discussed that as a team, we haven’t put a point on where or what we want to achieve but we all have this dream and idea that we want to win it. If you are in a competition, you want to go there and win it and bring back the trophy”.
“That’s what we are going to do and like I said, we are confident. We are going to be working hard and hopefully can do not just do ourselves proud but make the whole nation proud as well”.
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