It Was Hot Peppersoup Not Food Poison Brought Panic Over Alex Iwobi’s Health


Nigerian sense of humour is a good way to pass through tough times, as Alex Iwobi must have learnt in the past couple of days.

Alex Iwobi, After 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. Read more after the cut…

However, the older players did not fail to point out that he was the architect of his own problems by choosing to take pepper soup in eagles’ camp knowing he has a ‘soft stomach’. Iwobi was born in Nigeria but was raised in England where there is less emphasis on heavy 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.