Alex Iwobi (R) of Nigeria celebrates with his teammate Brian Idowu (L) after scoring the 2-2 equalizer during the International Friendly soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia, 14 November 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV
Monday Jun 04, 2018. 17:00
Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu says he is delighted that Amkar Perm defender Brian Idowu opted to represent the Super Eagles internationally over his country of birth, Russia.
Idowu, who has been included in Nigeria's 23-man squad list for the World Cup, was born in St. Petersburg to a Nigerian father and his mother who is half Russian and half Nigerian.
''We are pleased that Brian has chosen Nigeria's national team, the fans really appreciate him,'' Kanu told Russian News Agency TASS.
''He perfectly suits the national team's playing style. Brian will be able to diversify the team, as he was brought up in another football system, it will only benefit the national team.
''He knows everything about Russia, and this will help the team before the World Cup in Russia.
''Every little thing is important, but we will have a player who knows the country, speaks Russian. He will play at home and help others feel at home.”
Meanwhile, the former Arsenal striker believes Idowu’s presence in the Super Eagles will make his teammates more comfortable during the World Cup.
Idowu scored on his international debut against Argentina after coming off the bench and has gone on to make four appearances for the national team.