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Iwobi Believes Winning The Bronze Medal Is A Great Achievement

Austin Papi

Nigerian international and Arsenal golden boy, Alex Iwobi, has lauded the national team’s third-place finish in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON], describing it as “a great achievement.”

Nigeria celebrating after receiving their 3rd place medals
Nigeria celebrating after receiving their 3rd place medals

On Wednesday evening, the Super Eagles of Nigeria battled the Carthage Eagle of Tunisia. The encounter was fierce and keenly contested but Odion Ighalo's first-half strike was enough to eventually seal the Super Eagles’ victory, as Nigeria claimed their eighth Bronze medal. Nigeria is currently unbeaten in their last eighth third-place fixture and also has the record for the most Bronze medals in AFCON history.

Contrary to the disappointment some Nigerians feel for not making the finals, Arsenal attacker who has been a regular feature in the Super Eagles squad said during an interview with CAF Media in Egypt:

Iwobi and Chukwueze celebrating with Ighalo when he scored
Iwobi and Chukwueze celebrating with Ighalo when he scored

"It is a great achievement considering the quality of the 24 teams, especially as our team is very young.

"We're happy with this medal, hopefully, we can do better in the next Africa Cup of Nations."

Though Nigeria could not beat Algeria in the semis, where the Desert Foxes through a last-minute free-kick from Riyad Mahrez shattered the hopes of Nigerians, the youngster, Alex Iwobi, is rather happy and believes they would do better next time around. Recall, Nigeria failed to qualify for the AFCON twice since they won it under late Coach Steven Keshi in 2013 but finally returned and claimed bronze medal. They defeated the likes of Cameroon in the Round of 16 ties to stamp their authority and announce themselves in the tournament as a threat.