Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says he is counting on Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi to beat Zambia on Sunday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The Super Eagles are away in Ndola in their opening fixture of the World Cup qualifying series, with Iwobi returning to the side after missing last month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo through injury, and he is set to play for the first time under the German, who has spared no words in his praise of the young forward.
“Iwobi was injured the last time and he couldn’t play against Tanzania, but naturally he is here, and everybody knows he’s a good player,” Rohr said on Friday in a press conference.
“I hope his integration in the team will be made for our first big team together in Ndola. The training was good and we helped him to analyze our own games so he knows how we played in Uyo because we cannot change so much tactically because the time is short.
“I count a lot on him that he can help us to win the game. We must have a good striker and a good attack and a positive playing game.”
Iwobi, 20, has been in impressive form for Arsenal in England, and has cemented a place in the Gunners’ starting eleven.
He has also transferred his good form to the national team, scoring twice as the Super Eagles dispatched local side Plateau United 3-0 in a friendly on Wednesday.