Iwobi excited by Nigeria debut, thanks England

By Isoccer Staff

Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi was delighted to have played his first competitive game for Nigeria but rued Eagles’ hard luck following Friday’s draw with Egypt.

The 19-year-old Iwobi came in for Moses Simon in the closing stages of Nigeria’s 1-1 home draw against Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium but failed to help Nigeria seal a crucial victory as Mohamed Salah grabbed a late equalizer for the visitors.

Even though the result puts the Super Eagles in danger of missing out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Gabon, the Arsenal winger was really elated to take part in the game and thanked England for the chance they gave him.

“Unlucky not to win but happy to have made my competitive debut for Nigeria,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

“Would like to also thank England for giving me the chance to represent them.”

Meanwhile, Moses tweeted his frustration after the match. The West Ham forward who had a shot cleared off the line wrote: “Shame we couldn’t get the win today but the boys battled hard and we move on to Tuesday now.”

Nigeria will take on Egypt in the reverse fixture next week Tuesday in Alexandria.

The Super Eagles need to win the game to boost their chances of making it to Gabon 2017.

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