Super Eagles’ offensive midfielder, Alex Iwobi, regrets that Nigeria not going to be feature at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year is one of the biggest disappointments in his football career, Completesports.com reports.
“I missed the two qualifying matches [vs Black Stars of Ghana] because I was serving suspension from the AFCON,” Iwobi told Completesports.com at the Super Eagles’ Hotel quarters in Abuja.
“I watched the first leg in my house and the second leg I watched with my family. And you can imagine how disappointed we were when we lost the ticket for the World Cup.”
“The boys tried, but Ghana got the results that gave them the ticket. It was a very very disappointing game. I felt so sad, and that must rank as one of worst days of my career. Painful, but that is football for you. It is in the past now and we must move on.”
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On the 2023 AFCON qualifying Group A match against Sierra Leone, Iwobi predicts it would be tough, but that the Super Eagles owe Nigerians a win on Thursday.
“Playing at home should give us the upper hand. Last time, they came from 4-1 down to force a 4-4 draw”
Iwobi added: “This time around, we must be watchful, we must be disciplined and we must take every chance to get the result we want. We have to work very hard to overcome them. They were good at AFCON [Cameroon 2021], so we shall not underrate them.”
On the two losses from the recent international friendly games against Mexico and Ecuador, Iwobi says the Super Eagles should have won both games,but were unlucky, stressing that they dominated the games but couldn’t convert the chances created.
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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