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Alex Iwobi believes Nigeria’s golden generation can achieve great things

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi believes Africa Cup of Nations semi-finalists Nigeria are standing on the brink of a golden future.

The Super Eagles, tournament winners on three occasions, play Algeria in Cairo on Sunday for a place in the final.

‘I hope we can achieve in this year’s edition and even if we don’t do that this time we can achieve more in the future because we are a young team that includes many talents who have a brilliant future,’ Iwobi told AFCON‘s official website.

‘I’m positive we can do something great together in the coming years.’

Iwobi has featured in all five of Nigeria’s matches in Egypt and has contributed with some crucial assists, including one for team-mate Samuel Chukwueze, who opened the scoring in their 2-1 quarter-final win against South Africa.

‘For us we have great confidence in ourselves to go till the very end and I believe we can pull off a great feat for ourselves and our country,’ Iwobi added.

Algeria beat Guinea 3-0 in the last 16 before edging past Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals.

The north Africans’ sole triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations came when they hosted the tournament in 1990 and defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the final.

Nigeria is dreaming of a fourth title in the history of the continent’s flagship football competition. The Super Eagles are in the semifinal of Total Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019 and are hoping of more to come.

How do you see the current AFCON and the competing sides till now?

Iwobi: The competition is very good from the technical aspect and we saw many surprises as the premature exit of big guns like Egypt and Morocco. For us we have great confidence in ourselves to go till the very end and I believe we can make a great feat for ourselves and our country.

You said you were surprised by seeing Egypt and Morocco crashing early. Do you see this good for your chances in winning the title?

Actually it was sad to see big teams leaving, especially hosts Egypt. It’s disappointing for the supporters and the team that has many talented players. But we are not thinking this way. We have to focus on ourselves and give our best. We are confident we can go far and make Nigeria proud.

For long time now I’ve been dreaming of winning this very important title with my team Alex Iwobi

What’s your ambition with Nigeria in this AFCON and beyond?

For long time now I’ve been dreaming of winning this very important title with my team. I hope we can achieve this year’s edition and even if we didn’t do that this time we can achieve more in the future because we are a young team that includes many talents who have a brilliant future. I’m positive we can do something great together in the coming years.

How do you feel being in Egypt, and what do you think of the organizational aspect?

This is not my first time in Egypt. It’s a beautiful country and people are just awesome and very helpful. The organization is very good and everyone here is treating us in a friendly way. I can tell everyone to come to Egypt and enjoy his stay here. For me the AFCON organization is amazing. Everything is available and we are very happy here.

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