Shehu Dikko Explains Why Sunday Oliseh Called Alex Iwobi To Super Eagles
There have been mixed reactions among Nigerians over the call-up of Arsenal U21 Captain into the National team when the likes of Kelechi Ihenacho, Obafemi Martins, Anthony Ujah were not called up.
The Chairman of the League Management Committee Shehu Dikko however clarified the issue about Oliseh inviting Iwobi who is a Nephew to Jay Jay Okocha due to the relationship between the Ex-Internationals.
“Gentlemen, let’s all understand and appreciate the logic here. The call up to Iwobi is simple a footballing as well technical one and for the Good of the country. Iwobi has declared intention to represent Nigeria and he is good enough to represent Nigeria at U23 level.” The LMC Boss told an angry set of Nigeria Football fans on Facebook.
“However, as he has played for England at the Junior Level he cannot play for Nigeria again at the junior level as FIFA would only approve his change of Nationality if he plays for the main Super Eagles.”
Iwobi, 19 was a surprise inclusion to Sunday Oliseh’s team for October friendlies.The call-up of Iwobi to the Super Eagles side is a tactical one according to Shehu Dikko and this would also enable Dream Team Coach Samson Siasia be able to feature him in his team.
” Therefore, his call up now is to get his nationality change sorted and thus makes him available to play for the Nigeria U23 If selected. Hence Oliseh call him up on the request of Siasia whom want to use him for the U23 and by this action Nigeria will have secured his allegiance and this would also further motivate other players like him to come along.”
“Finally on footballing terms, the potential of Iwobi is not in doubt based on what he did during Arsenal pre-season so in the long term this might be a very good decision for Nigeria and Iwobi.”