Followed by the recurring complaints of Nigerian football fans about the ‘poor’ goalkeeping skills displayed by the Nigerian team, Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr has assured fans that the deficiency had been taken care of.
Football experts have held that since the exit of Vincent Enyeama from the Nigerian team, the Super Eagles have not been able to get an appropriate substitute, with goalkeepers like Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi failing to hit top-notch.
Francis Uzoho who gave an impressive performance at the time he got started has now fallen short since due to a lack of activity at his club in Cyprus.
However, after switching clubs last summer, he is back playing regularly and that showed in his performance in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with Ukraine last Tuesday.
With Uzoho’s regular play and Fortuna Dusseldorf II goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye now in the team, Rohr believes the Super Eagles will no longer encounter difficulties with goalkeeping.
In an interview with the Nigerian Football Federation via twitter, Rohr said “Our goalkeeper, Uzoho is much better, because he is playing in his club, and even in the goalkeeper positions we had problems, but we see that we have already the answer.”
The German tactician further announced that in the next round of international break, the team will play friendlies against African teams because of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which commences in November.
When asked the team’s likely rivals in October, Rohr said: “We have to play against African teams, because the qualifiers we get African teams.
“We have to play Benin at first at home, and then we have to go to Lesotho, so we have to be used in African football. Today was European football (referring to the Ukraine game) and the players did very well, now we have to go back to Africa, or perhaps play in Europe against other African teams like they do, he added.