Former Nigeria defender Reuben Agboola has praised Alex Iwobi’s decision to play for Nigeria ahead of England.
Agboola told supersport.com, “I take my hats off to (Alex) Iwobi for choosing to play for Nigeria.”
Agboola only visited Nigeria for the first time when he arrived to play for the Super Eagles in 1991.
“It is difficult I know. Especially when you have never visited the country before; when you hear of the instability in the federation and in the coaching set up.”
“These things affect the minds of young players but that’s why I am very impressed with Iwobi. He plays for Arsenal but chose to play for the Eagles. Good for him I say”.
Agboola who combines his personal business of car sales with hospitality speaking at the St Mary’s Stadium of Southampton on match days wishes he had played for Nigeria earlier.
He said, “It was only after I had started playing for Nigeria that it was revealed to me that Nigerian had first approached Southampton when I was younger but (Lawrie) McMenemy rebuffed the approach and never told me about it.”
It would have been something to have had a younger, faster Agboola playing for Nigeria. “what hurts most is not being told about it so that I would have made the decision myself.”