The Nigeria international believes the expansion to a 24-team tournament was a good decision by the African confederation.

In 2017, the Africa Cup of Nations was played in Gabon, where 16 teams tried to lift the most important national trophy in the continent.

And two years later, the 2019 edition has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

Which makes Nigeria international Alex Iwobi very happy, as he believes the competition is growing thanks to the quality shown by the countries involved.

“The competition is very difficult and it is not easy when every team that is involved is doing well,” Iwobi told Goal.

“There are a lot of players not just playing in Africa but foreign-based as well.”

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He explained: “It shows that there is good quality coming from Africa.”

“Even from my experience in the Premier League, three African players won the Golden Boot and that shows there is a lot of quality in Africa.”

“And so, it is good for Africa to be globally recognized and maybe the next stage is the World Cup where one African team can win it one day,” he concluded.


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