Nigeria is dreaming of a fourth title in the history of the continent’s flagship football competition. The Eagles are in the semifinal of the Egypt 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) billed for today at the Cairo International Stadium. Nigeria’s star, Alex Iwobi spoke to CAFOnline.com on his vision of the current tournament and what he expects for Nigeria.
How do you see the current AFCON and the competing sides till now?
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 our country and ourselves.
You said you were surprised seeing Egypt and Morocco crashing out 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 organisational aspect?
This is not my first time in Egypt. It’s a beautiful country and people are just awesome and very helpful. The organisation 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 organisation is amazing. Everything is available and we are very happy here.