Austria duo Alaba, Arnautovic wish Nigeria all the best in the world Cup


Austria stars David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic have wished Nigeria ‘the best’ at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The Super Eagles’ last stop before Russia is Austria, where they, on Wednesday, played Czech Republic for their last pre-tournament friendly.

And the versatile left-back, with other members of Das Team paid a visit to one of the Super Eagles’ training sessions at their Aviva Resort base.

In a video made available by the NFF on Twitter, asked his wish for the Super Eagles, Alaba said: “Only the best!”

However, striker Arnautovic’s positive thoughts towards the three-time African champions would not come at the expense of his Serbian heritage.

“I wish you the best…but I’m Serbian myself,” said the West Ham United forward, born to a Serbian father.

Vienna-born Alaba has a Nigerian father and his mother is from the Philippines. The 25-year-old has been representing Austria since U17s.

He made his international debut in 2009 and has scored 12 times in 61 appearances. He will miss out at the 2018 World Cup after Franco Foda’s side failed to secure qualification.

At club level, Alaba has enjoyed a trophy-laden career with German powerhouse Bayern Munich, lifting his seventh Bundesliga title at the end of the 2017-18 season, among other honours.

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