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S’Eagles coach tags Uzoho, Nigeria’s number one

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GOALKEEPER coach of the Super Eagles, Ike Shorunmu has affirmed Omonia Nicosia of Serbia shotstopper, Francis Uzoho is Super Eagles number one goalkeeper.

  Uzoho has been in a straight battle with Maduka Okoye for the Super Eagles’ top gloves recently, with the former Sparta Rotterdam signing edging the rivalry until now.

  Uzoho has been in a straight battle with Maduka Okoye for the Super Eagles’ top gloves recently, with the former Sparta Rotterdam signing edging the rivalry until now.

  Okoye was in between the sticks for the Super Eagles during the 2021 AFCON and 2022 World Cup qualifiers and was the numero uno at the African championship in Cameroon earlier this year.

  But Uzoho has been the preferred option since Portuguese manager, Jose Peseiro took charge of the national team.

  This does not come as a surprise to many as Okoye is more of a bench-warmer in Watford of England where he currently plays.

  Uzoho has been in goal in each of the Super Eagles’ last six matches under Peseiro, including this month’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Portugal in Lisbon.

  Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu insists that the team’s door remains open to goalies in the Nigeria Football Professional League.

  The former international, however, admits that Uzoho will hold on to the Super Eagles’ number one gloves in the meantime.

  “We are looking inwards to get credible goalkeepers from the domestic league,” Shorunmu said.

  “As you can see, the Nigeria Professional Football League has not been active, and we cannot assess the goalkeepers right now.

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  “So, Uzoho will remain the first-choice goalkeeper till a better keeper is discovered from the NPFL or any other league.

  “I have been an advocate of sourcing for keepers in the domestic scene, and that vision still stands. The doors are still open for more keepers to compete in the national team.”

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