The Nigeria Football Federation, Africa’s football governing body CAF and Everton football club have sent birthday greetings to Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi, who turns 24 on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
“Happy birthday @NGSuperEagles midfielder, @alexiwobi. Have a good one,” the NFF wrote on their verified Twitter handle.
According to CAF: “Happy birthday to @NGSuperEagles star Alex Iwobi
“His goal against Cameroon knocked the 2017 champions out of the 2019.”
While Everton wrote: “Happy Birthday, @alexiwobi!”
Iwobi was born in Lagos before moving to England at the age of four, following a brief stay in Turkey, and grew up in
Newham , London.
He joined Arsenal while still at primary school, in 2004, and was nearly released by the club at the age of 14 and again at the age of 16.
He was first involved in a first-team match as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 25 September 2013 and went on to sign a long-term contract with Arsenal in October 2015.
On 27 October 2015, Iwobi made his first-team debut for Arsenal, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup.
He made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3–0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as a stoppage time substitute for Mesut Özil.
After winning the FA Cup and Community Shield at Arsenal, on 8 August 2019, Iwobi signed a five-year contract with Everton.
And according to the BBC, Arsenal received a fee of an initial £28 million, rising to £34 million with potential add-ons.
He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé , Belgium.
He was named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and featured in all three games as the Eagles were knocked out in the group stage.
Also, he was part of the Eagles squad to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt where they finished third.
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