Nigerian humour is a good way to pass through tough times, as Alex Iwobi must have learnt in the past couple of days.
After the Arsenal forward came down with food poisoning and missed Tuesday morning’s training with the Super Eagles in Abuja, team mates rallied round him with encouraging words, according to team media officer Toyin Ibitoye.
However, the older players did not fail to point out that he was the architect of his own problems by choosing to consume pepper soup in camp knowing he has a ‘soft stomach’.
Iwobi was born in Nigeria but was raised in England where there is less emphasis on consumption of chili pepper in meals, unlike in Nigeria where chili is a staple in several dishes.
Yet other reports claim that Iwobi’s ailment was caused by the consumption of salad at the team’s hotel.
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi seems to have taken the youngster under his wings while Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel threw a bottle of water in a playful banter at the Arsenal man during a break in training on Tuesday evening.
After overcoming the crisis and having a short physical examination by the team’s physio in Kaduna, Iwobi later confirmed via Twitter that the worst was over.
“Had the maddest food poisoning but I am good now and feeling ready for the Egyptian match,” he wrote.
Had The Maddest Food Poisoning But I Am Good Now & Feeling Ready For The Egyptian Match ✌?️
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) March 22, 2016
The young man must have learnt his lessons, never underestimate the power of pepper soup or Nigerian salad. He would hope to make it all count against Egypt on Friday.