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Alex Iwobi hopes to emulate uncle JJ Okocha by winning AFCON

Alex Iwobi hopes to emulate uncle JJ Okocha by winning AFCON

Nigeria star Alex Iwobi is looking to follow in his famous uncle Jay-Jay Okocha’s footsteps by winning his debut Africa Cup of Nations.

Iwobi is preparing for the tournament in Egypt this summer as the Super Eagles eye their fourth title at the newly-expanded finals.

His uncle Okocha famously won his maiden tournament with Nigeria in 1994, the country securing their second triumph by beating Zambia in the Tunisia final.

And Arsenal  playmaker Iwobi, who was born in Lagos to Okocha’s sister, is looking to mark his debut at the tournament with similar success.

“I’ve seen some of his highlights from 1994 and it would be cool to achieve that as well,” he told BBC Sport .

“I’m excited, I have always dreamt of participating and representing my country at the African Cup of Nations, but it won’t be easy for us in Egypt.

“Both dreams are coming true, hopefully I can get to play in Egypt.”

Iwobi represented England at junior level, playing for the Under-16, 17 and 18s before switching his allegiance to Nigeria.

Jay-Jay Okocha is a Nigeria legend (Image: Getty Images)

The 22-year-old has won 27 caps, scoring five goals, and admits it’s an honour to represent his country of birth.

“I thought I understand what playing for Nigeria truly means, but the more I play in Nigeria and travel home, the more they [fans] make me believe bigger than I have always dreamt of,” he added.

“The more I see the the passion, the hunger that everyone wants for us to get there and do well. I think when I get there I will understand a bit more than I do now.”

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