Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has admitted that his experience in the Super Eagles camp—which he described as having a party atmosphere—helped him get through a challenging circumstance at his club.
As a guest on a recent Behind the Game podcast, which our reporter watched on YouTube, Iwobi highlighted the atmosphere with the Nigerian senior men’s national football squad.
Iwobi participated on the podcast with Arsenal legend Ian Wright and Ezra Collective, a British jazz band featuring Nigerian-born musicians such as drummer and bandleader Femi Koleoso and bassist TJ Koleoso.
“Luckily for me, I would always go with my national team and do okay.
“Everyone comes there like it almost like a party like you just forget about all your problems everyone just wants to play football with a smile on their face and want to entertain.
“It’s just a culture that Nigeria brings, when you go to a game you’re hearing trumpets, hearing drums, hearing everything.
“So it’s almost like you’re playing on a stage like a theatre if you have a good touch they’re clapping, they appreciate everything. It’s crazy,” he said.
Iwobi has been able to turn his fortunes around at Everton to become one of their best players this season.
He has been an integral part of the national team since making his debut in October 2015 in a a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium (AFCON) doubleheader against Guinea-Bissau.
He has since made 63 appearances with 10 goals with the last goal scored on June 9, 2022 in an AFCON qualifier game against Sierra-Leone at the MKO Abiola National Stadium. The game ended 1-1.