Former Nigeria captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha grinned as a proud uncle after his nephew, Alex Iwobi scored the winner in Super Eagles’ 3-2 win over perennial rivals, Cameroun, in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 match on Saturday, Completesports.com reports.
Odion Ighalo struck twice with Iwobi scoring the winner for the Super Eagles after Cameroon had raced from a goal down to lead 2-1 courtesy of goals from Stephen Bahoken and Clinton Njie.
The last time Nigeria beat Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, Okocha scored a brilliant freekick in a 2-1 win in 2004. 15 years later, his nephew, Iwobi also scored the winner in a 3-2 win.
Okocha, on punditry duties on SuperSport, said after the match: “It is in the family now, it is official that Alex Iwobi too has done something against Cameroun just like I did at the Africa Cup of Nations.
“In that very game which saw the Super Eagles emerge as 2-1 winners, I scored from a free-kick which also turned out to be the winning goal.
“Today (Saturday) again, Alex Iwobi got the winning goal and that means we have something very good against Cameroun in the family,” Okocha said.
On centre-back, Kenneth Omeruo being at fault for the Indomitable Lions’ first goal, Okocha admitted that the Chelsea player was at fault but backed him to improve.
“If a cross is coming in as a central defender, I think you have to focus on the striker because there is only one thing that they can do which is to put crosses in.
“So, if you can stay close to your man and be aware of where he is, you will know that your job is half-done. Kenneth Omeruo’s positioning for Cameroun’s first goal was poor.
“But as we all know, without mistakes, there will not be goals in a game. However, I believe that he can always improve in some other matches as the tournament progresses.”
By Oluyemi Ogunseyin
(pix: by Ganiyu Yusuf in Alexandria)