AFCON 2021: How I want to emulate Jay Jay Okocha – Alex Iwobi

Everton star, Alex Iwobi has said that he wants to emulate Nigerian legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, by fulfilling his potential with the national team.

Iwobi was on parade from start to finish as the Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tie on Wednesday.

Following his impressive performances with the Super Eagles, the Everton star has earned comparisons with his uncle Okocha, who was part of Nigeria’s squad that ruled Africa in 1994.

Iwobi welcomes such acclaim and is keen on achieving similar success with Augustine Eguavoen’s men ahead of their AFCON round of 16 tie this weekend.

“I have always expressed my desire to emulate [Austin] Jay-Jay Okocha not by name but also fulfilling potential,” Iwobi told the media.

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“It has always been my childhood dream. As you can see, we have the players to do it. I expect it to be a reality.”

Iwobi added, “I will never be disappointed. If I am not going to start, I just have to prove myself when I come in. As you can see, I have a lot of fun.

“The chemistry in the team and unity is good for the team.

“I don’t feel any pressure whenever I play for my country. I always give my best, always show desire and determination to play for my country.”

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