By Adeboye Amosu:
Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Alloy Agu, insists the four goalkeepers in the team’s 30-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will get equal opportunity to prove their worth, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The quartet of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and Dele Ajiboye will vie for the three slots reserved for goalkeepers in the final 23-man squad.
Ezenwa, Uzoho and Akpeyi were called up for the team’s last four games against Algeria, Argentina, Poland and Serbia.
Ajiboye, who was outstanding for Plateau United in their title success in the Nigeria Professional Football League last season, was also part of the team in some of the qualifying games.
He is seen by many as having little chance of making the final squad to Russia having been overlooked by handler of the side, Gernot Rohr in recent times.
But Alloy, who was part of the Super Eagles squad in Nigeria’s debut in the FIFA World Cup at the USA 1994 said the selection will be done fair and square.
“Everything will be done on merit. We are lucky to have these quality goalkeepers in the team at the moment and we will give them equal chance to show what they can do,” Alloy told CSN.
“I don’t support the view that there is a favourite among the four or that we already know the three that will go with the team to Russia.
“I know they all want to be in Russia which will make them give their all in training. That itself is good for the team as it will give us the opportunity to pick the best for the team.”