Recuperating Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi is expected to be available for selection when Arsenal play host to AFC Bournemouth on Match Day 4 of the English Premier League on Saturday, according to coach Arsene Wenger.
The Nigeria international last played competitively for Arsenal on August 19 where he featured for 11 minutes against Stoke City, after which news broke that the former England youth teamer suffered an injury.
Speaking on the injured players in the squad ahead of the clash at the Emirates, Wenger told reporters : ”Sanchez, Ospina and Ramsey are coming back today.
”At the moment we have no injuries, everyone is coming back quite well.
”Wilshere is getting stronger every day.”
Iwobi will be hoping to stay fit to be in contention for a call up to the Super Eagles later this month as the Super Eagles take on Zambia on October 7 in Uyo in a 2018 World Cup Qualifier, after he pulled out of team to face Cameroon in Uyo and Yaounde due to injury.
The 21 year-old Nigeria international will make his 62nd appearance for Arsenal’s first team if he plays a part against the Cherries at the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel: Zambia Is In Good Spirit But It’s Time To Wrap It Up
Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi is not getting carried away by Nigeria being tipped the favourites to outclass Zambia.
The Tianjin Teda midfielder, John Obi Mikel is not underating the Zambians and has dismissed their Underdog Tag.
Serious Task Ahead
Mikel, knowing what is astake, has however given an insight of what the Super Eagles will do come next week Saturday.
Having defeated Algeria home and away, Mikel believes the Super Eagles will have to take Zambia seriously.
But he is confident Nigeria will grab the the ticket to the World Cup in Russia with a victory.
”I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers.
Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” Mikel told thenff.com.
”We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.”
In conclusion, the former Chelsea ace heaped praise on his teammates and the technical crew.
He explained that the Super Eagles’ imminent World Cup qualification is due to the crew’s hardwork and positive approach.
Mikel added : ”We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’
“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”
Bondo To Decide Nigeria Versus Zambia Affair
39-year old Bostwana referee, Joshua Bondo will take charge of proceedings of Nigeria’s match against Zambia.
Bondo who has been an international referee for the past 10 years will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo next week Saturday.
FIFA has chosen Bondo alongside his countrymen, Oamogetse Godisamang, 40, and Tirelo Mositwane, 30, to rule over the game.
Godisamang, an international assistant referee since year 2010 will serve as Assistant Referee 1, while Tirelo Mositwane, an international referee since 2013 will serve as Fourth Official.
Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho will be the Assistant Referee 2 for the October 7 showdown.
South Africa’s Mr. Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques will be the Referee Assessor while Sudanese Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan is the match commissioner.
Hassan was also the Match Commissioner for the game between Nigeria and Cameroon in Yaounde on September 4.
Battle Of Champions
A win in Uyo will see three –time African champions, Nigeria seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia.
2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia, will face the champions of the 2013, Nigeria, on October 7.
The make-or-break game will Kick –off at 5pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.