Oliseh Invites Arsenal’s Iwobi For Cameroon, Congo Friendlies

Oliseh Invites Arsenal’s Iwobi For Cameroon, Congo Friendlies

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has added Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi, to the list of invited players for next month's international friendly games against DR Congo and Cameroon in Belgium.

This was made known by the Nigeria Football Federation, on Wednesday, on their official website.

Iwobi will join the 24 other players earlier picked by Oliseh for the international friendly games. 

Iwobi, who featured for Arsenal during pre-season, had trained with the Nigeria U-23 squad ahead of an All-Africa Games qualifying return leg match in March 2015.

Despite appearing for England at youth level, Iwobi is eligible to represent Nigeria.

And FIFA has clarified that the 19-year -old can wear Nigeria’s colours since he did not feature for England in an official game. The NFF has now received from The Football Association a list of seven matches that Iwobi played for England at youth level, none of which was an official game.

FIFA underscored that Iwobi can put on the green-white-green since he has permanent Nigerian citizenship and did not represent another association (country) in a match in an official competition.

The Eagles will take on DR Congo on October 8 before squaring up with Cameroon three days later, in Belgium.

Meanwhile, the winner of the preliminary round between Swaziland and Djibouti will host the Super Eagles on November 9 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup first round qualifier, with the Eagles hosting the return leg in Nigeria eight days later.

All invited players for the international friendly games, are expected to arrive in Belgium on Monday, 5 October.


  • julliet 3 years ago

    Success played 20 matches last season in spain for granada and scored 5 goals not the team top 2 strikers and @18 years no one talks about him….did you guys see his match against barca last week a great talent…he proved @ under 20 too . it looks like oliseh is not open to team selection.English premier league is deceiving Nigerians

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