By | October 9, 2017

*SAMPSON ADEDEJI

 

It is no longer a news that Nigeria and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi sent Nigeria to its 6th World cup appearance.

We can just say that the young midfielder replicated what his nephew former Super Eagles skipper Austin Jay Jay Okocha did in 1993 enroute Nigeria qualification for it’s first World cup in 1994 in USA.

Jay Jay Okocha’s second cap for his country saw the then 19-year-old score a superb free-kick equaliser in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria, a game his side would go on to win.

Iwobi may be two years older but one can relate the two due to their youthful exuberance and their fanciful play.

Jay Jay was once asked about Iwobi and who the Arsenal midfielder admired as a young player and the midfield maestro said ” “It should be me, I’d be disappointed if it wasn’t!”Okocha told Joe.co.uk.

Iwobi responded, “I was always looking up to my uncle,” he told told Arsenal’s official website.

“Everyone knew that he was a very big figure in Africa.”

Okocha went on to play at the 1994 World Cup that he helped his country qualify for, followed by France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002.

Russia 2018 now awaits Iwobi, and one
presumes Uncle Jay Jay will be watching on with beaming pride.

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