Congo Democratic Republic striker Benik Afobe has admitted it would be strange to beat Nigeria in a farewell friendly in Port Harcourt on Monday.
The Bournemouth striker is in Nigeria with the Simba squad ahead of Monday’s game at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Afobe, just like Nigerian star Alex Iwobi is a product of Arsenal under manager Arsene Wenger and he says it will be expected they win even if it may “feel a bit strange”.
“Obviously, we’re gonna want to win the game but at the same time it’s going to feel a bit strange because I’ll be supporting Nigeria and the other four African nations at the World Cup,” begun Afobe to www.aclsports.com
“I have a lot of friends that are Nigerians back home in England and all of them are going to be watching,” he added.
Born in England to Congolese parents, it is expected that Afobe would have many of Nigeria’s footballing stars as acquaintances at the very least and the burly striker is eager to see them again.
“I am a good friend of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi (Iheanacho), Ighalo (Odion) and it will be lovely to see them on the pitch once again.”
As a die-hard optimist, Afobe believes African countries, including Nigeria have the capabilities of springing up surprises at the mundial.
“Obviously I’m supporting all the nations from Africa. The quality is good. I saw Nigeria beat Argentina a few months back and they’ve got to show these countries that African nations can do well.”