Just over a month ago, Arsenal Football Club lost the Europa league final to fellow Londoners, Chelsea in Baku and missed out on a very important continental title and a chance to play in the Champions League.
Those scars are still fresh in the club and their fans. However, their winger Alex Iwobi wants to heal those wounds with an Africa Cup of Nations title for his nation, Nigeria.
Interestingly, recent studies by the BBC showed that the club enjoys a big share of support from Nigeria.
“It is everyone’s dream as a player to win a title,” Iwobi said.
He says that losing the Europa league was painful but puts that behind as he targets glory in the Super Eagles colours.
“It was painful losing the final with my club but now I have to focus here. For us as a country there is no bigger title in Africa to win than this so we will go for it. I believe we have the potential because we have a lot of great players.”
“It is not easy but as long as we do our best we will have a chance. We are in a tough group and the first target of course is to get out of it and then from there we will take a step at a time,” he adds.
Nigeria is seeking a fourth title after winning it in 1980, 1994 and recently in 2013 under the stewardship of the late Stephen Keshi. The Eagles are in group B with Burundi who they beat 1-0 in the first match. They face Guinea on Wednesday evening then Madagascar over the weekend in the final group game.