Nigeria coach explains why Alex Iwobi got the nod ahead of Kelechi Iheanacho

The Arsenal forward is in the latest Super Eagles squad.

In recent weeks the Nigerian Football Federation has been doing its utmost to convince three of England’s top young talents to play for their country of heritage.

The players in question were Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe and Arsenal pair Chuba Akpom and Alex Iwobi.

Ibe has informed the Super Eagles of his desire to represent England whilst Akpom has always maintained England to be his first wish.

However, attacker Iwobi has welcomed a call-up for Nigeria for upcoming fixtures with DR Congo and Cameroon.

Of course Iwobi was always the more likely to join up with Nigeria at senior level. His uncle is Jay-Jay Okocha, Super Eagles legend.

His call-up however seems premature. He impressed during pre-season for Arsenal but is yet to feature in the Premier League for the club and at just 19-years-old his inclusion seems odd.

The Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has had his say on matters, telling Complete Sports Nigeria:

"We acknowledge his talent but he still needs to prove that with the Olympic squad as well.

"Iwobi has just got the much awaited green light to feature for Nigeria and we need such talents to in the team just as Iheanacho."

Iwobi’s inclusion also comes ahead of any call-up for Manchester City’s youngster Kelechi Iheanacho.

Nigeria are probably hoping that a call-up to the main national team will be a big boost to the morale of Iwobi regarding an international future with Nigeria.

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