Double record for Iwobi after Zambia victory


Super Eagles youngster Alex Iwobi, scored the winner for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Zambia in the World Cup qualifier match played last week Saturday.

But what many do not know is that, the young star achieved a historic feat with his performance.

The Arsenal midfielder joined the exclusive list of Nigerian football heroes who scored twice against same opponent in a world cup qualifier, after being on the score sheet against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in the first leg away at Ndola.

The other players to have similar records are legendary Nigerian all time leading goal scorer Late Rashidi Yekinni against Ivory Coast enroute to the 1994 World Cup in USA.

Then comes Obafemi Martins who netted home and away against Rwanda in the
failed campaign to the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany.

It was the turn of Ikechukwu Uche who struck home and away against South
Africa helping Nigeria pick a spot at 2010 World Cup.

Iwobi also followed up the goal record with a new family record for the Nigerian national team, following in the footsteps of his uncle Jay Jay Okocha who scored a wonderful freekick to equalize against Algeria in the
1994 World Cup qualifier to eventually help the super Eagles to victory and book a spot at the nation’s first ever World Cup. Okocha was 19′ then.

Iwobi 20′ who looks up to his uncle as a role model, came off the bench to score in the 73rd minute in a match that sealed qualification to the World Cup for Nigeria, just like his uncle Okocha did some 23 years ago.


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