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.
Before playing in the semifinal at the Cairo international stadium on Sunday (14 July 2019), Nigeria’s star Alex Iwobi spoke to CAFOnline.com on his vision of the current tournament and what he expects for the Super Eagles.
CAFOnline.com: 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.
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.