Alex Iwobi’s role in the recent demolition of Argentina is no longer news. The versatile Nigerian two-goal hero shone like a million stars in the crunch encounter in faraway Russia. Here are seven things you probably don’t know about Iwobi.

Iwobi – a young Arsenal prospect

child Iwobi signs first contract at Arsenal

Source: Instagram/Arsenal

Alex Iwobi was born in Lagos, before moving to England at the age of 4 where he joined Arsenal while he was still in primary school.

Iwobi – a U-17 England champion

Iwobi is England U-17 Youth Champion

Source: Associated Press

Iwobi represented England at youth level winning the victory shield in 2011.

Iwobi – a patriotic Nigerian
Alex Iwobi in training with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Source: Daily Independent

Iwobi opted to represent the Super Eagles against the advice of Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger.

Iwobi – Nigeria’s magic to Russia

Iwobi after a goal


Iwobi’s scored the lone goal in the match against Zambia to send Nigeria through to the World Cup in Russia.

Iwobi – a young African champion

Alex Iwobi wins the 2016 CAF Young Player Award

Source: The Nation

Iwobi was awarded the CAF Young Player of the Year in 2016.

Iwobi – Austin Jay-Jay Okocha’s cousin

Alex Iwobi and Jay Jay Okocha

Source: Gbam Tv

Iwobi’s mother is the sister of Super Eagles legend – Austin Jay Jay Okocha.

Iwobi – Zambia’s nightmare

Nigerian team celebrate victory


Iwobi scored his first two goals for Nigeria a year apart against the same opponent – Zambia – on 9th October 2016 and 7th October 2017 respectively.

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About the Author

Ayotunde is an Online Content Writer with a robust research background. A graduate of French Language of the University of Ado-Ekiti, he has a combined 6 years professional and postgraduate experience. After an initial postgraduate volunteering experience as a French Instructor at the Department of European Studies (University of Ibadan), he has worked with as a Classifieds Moderator, and with Bookbuilders Edition Africa as a freelance French Editor and Translator. His professional interests include- communications, public relations, and business management. A book lover, cryptology and travel enthusiast, Ayo dedicates his spare time to playing chess as well as a doctoral research he hopes to round up this year.

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