Alex Iwobi: Super Eagles Midfielder Wins Award Following Disappointing AFCON Showing

Alex Iwobi: Super Eagles Midfielder Wins Award Following Disappointing AFCON Showing

Ero Samson
updated at March 6, 2024 at 11:21 AM
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  • Alex Iwobi was heavily criticised after Nigeria’s defeat in the final of the AFCON
  • The midfielder has, however, been in impressive form since returning to his club
  • The 27-year-old recently won an award following his remarkable run of matches

It's been a wild few weeks for Alex Iwobi.

The Super Eagles midfielder, who suffered a disappointing end to his 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in Ivory Coast, has had to contend with a series of unpleasant criticisms, which ultimately saw him shelving his Instagram account.

However, amid the flurry of negatives, one positive that has emerged is his return to form with his club, Fulham.

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Alex Iwobi during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham FC at Old Trafford. Image: James Gill.
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Despite the setbacks at the AFCON, the 27-year-old has been crucial in helping Marco Silva's side climb further away from the relegation zone.

Since returning to club action, Iwobi has played an integral role in ensuring victory for Fulham in two of their last three games, including a significant win against Manchester United, where he scored a late winner in the 97th minute.

The Nigerian's strike on the night has also earned him the prestigious Goal of the Month award for his club.

Iwobi wins Goal of the Month

According to the club's official website, Iwobi emerged victorious over competition from his Nigerian teammate, Calvin Bassey, as well as Rodrigo Muniz, Callum Osmand, Lemar Gordon, and Georgia Heasman to claim the accolade.

His goal received 57.2% of the fan vote, eclipsing Muniz's lob at Burnley, which secured second place with only 13% of the votes.

Iwobi had been nominated for Fulham's Goal of the Month awards in September, November, and December, but he had not won any of those fan votes.

Since joining the Cottagers on deadline day, the former Arsenal midfielder has contributed to five goals in 22 games across all competitions, according to data from Fotmob.

Iwobi returns with rap song

In another article, Sports Brief also reported that Iwobi took a break from social media after Nigeria's disappointing defeat in the AFCON 2023 final.

The former Everton star has since made a comeback to social media, offering fans a peek into his recent endeavours, including a preview of a rap song.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).