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Amuneke Backs Teenage Deportivo Goalkeeper Uzoho For World Cup Spot

Amuneke Backs Teenage Deportivo Goalkeeper Uzoho For World Cup Spot

By Johnny Edward: Former Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Amuneke believes Francis Uzoho has enough quality to compete for a place in the World Cup bound squad if given a chance, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Teenage goalkeeper Uzoho made an impressive debut for Deportivo La Coruna, keeping a clean sheet in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Eibar and Amuneke believes with a bit of consistency he could become a top goalkeeper for club and country.


Amuneke who was part of the national U-17 technical crew that discovered Uzoho in 2012 stated that 18-year-old was unlucky not to be Golden Eaglets’ No.1 at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

“He (Uzoho) was brilliant against Eibar and I think he will develop into a top player since he has gott his chance,” Amuneke told Completesportsnigeria.com.

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“Getting a chance with the Super Eagles will be good for him but he must be convincing in more games.

“Credit must be given to Emeka Amadi for the steady rise of these goalkeepers coming up. Not many gave them a chance but he trained them and kept faith with them.”

Uzoho was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, without featuring in a single match at the tournament.

“He was unlucky not to be No.1 then because Alampasu was consistent,” Amuneke, who led the Eaglets to retain the trophy in 2015, added.

“Amadi groomed the likes of Dele Alampasu, Akpan Udoh and Uzoho.

“Credit must also go to Gernot Rohr who has encouraged more young players in the senior national team so it will not be out of place if he is called up to compete.”

Uzoho who is the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga at 18 also took to Twitter to share his excitement at his debut.

“A day that will never disappear from my memory – my debut – thanks all for the support,” he wrote on Twitter.

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  • dem wan start again abi? me i no wan cry for next year world cup o…na so ogbeche do SANGALO “bicycle kick” ONIGBINDE wit im tribal mark cari am go world cup abeg make una no let wetin hapun dat year hapun next year o.

  • Joseph 4 years ago

    Rohr should monitor this guys progress, if he keeps getting games at his club, we should forget about enyeama

  • Best news I have heard this week. Goalkeeper? Wow

  • See the teenager face like the man wey witness Abacha millitary regime

  • Una don start again o

  • The super eagle manager Rohr needs to give a trier in some of subseuent qualifier games for Nigerians to see.

  • Wasn’t he benched by alampasu in the golden eaglets 2013 winning squad? He just managed one match and all these people are already glamoring for him. Mek we see wetin him fit keep against real or atletico Madrid or Barcelona then we fit talk. But its a huge achievement. Deportivo la coruna no be small team sha!

    • lambert 4 years ago

      Yes in 2013 this is 2017
      Where is alampasu? stop hating the guy is on form.

    • ako amadi 4 years ago

      If you failed School Cert. it doesn’t mean you cannot get into university and obtain a degree. Many of you do not know what hard work and perseverance mean

    • No Be 1 Place Person Day Start

  • Let’s wait until he plays Barcelona,Real Madrid and atletico Madrid..the game he played was against toothless strikers I watch am o

  • If he is 18 years old in 2017, how old was he in 2013? 14year!!! So he was 14 years playing for U-17. This is a case of catching them young.

    • He was 14 years old in 2013. But we need to see what age he declared in his passport for the 2013 under 17 World Cup? If he was actually 14, he was fit to play because it was for under 17 and not above.

  • I like Nigerians

  • as it is now,we need a keeper we can rely on therefore rohr must continue searching untill we find one.Test them in friendlies,assertain their composure and alertness possitioning then scrutinise and select.We need the best to be at the mundial.

  • Ocherome Mma 4 years ago

    Who is being tribalistic here?

  • AMEDU JOSEPH J 4 years ago

    There is no atom of tribalistic language used by any of the above contributor.The fact still remains,if he is a good goal keeper,he should be giving the chance to xpress himself on the field of the game,to me i think is a plus for us a country seeing our own doing great job out there,is for the good of the country and the national team of the country(Nigeria),because most European countries hardly features black goal keepers on their fixture plan{game plan) such opportunities are good.congrats.

  • Let this people not destroys this young man’s carrier by taking him to the world cup cos the mundial is for men not boys…

    • Mr. Jidauna G.G 4 years ago

      My brother I totally disagree with you.. How old Pele when he featured for Brazil in world cup. If the guy is good I think the coach will call him for a friendly mstch to express him self. Who knows he might eventually be the save hands to take us far in the tournament.
      I prefer any other goal keeper than South African based guy who is always jittery and poorly positioning him self.

  • Kay Sly bros dat mistake no dey easily comot 4 mind na, notin pain me reach dat world cup and dat aiyegbeni open goal miss

  • Kay Sly imagine dis miss? How pesin no go cry

  • how can someone miss this goal? and na trowing im play am go no wonder SMALL DOCTOR sang that song…

  • saad ahmed maru 4 years ago

    Bad bele no go finish with naija men.this young hardworking guy needs encouragement from us his kinsmen.we should stop talking bellified words against him .his appearance in la liga is a record to reckon with.

  • I hate it weneva people say things like “world cup is not for boys” Pele was 17 in 1958 word cup.
    Some people here are even saying he should keep against barca or Madrid… My question is..can akpeyi or ezenwa keep against barca or Madrid?…even ikeme? …so if this guy concede against barca or madrip now,he should be dropped abi?…e be like say u people don forget say na Akpeyi, Ezenwa and Ajiboye be d keepers weh u get.

  • MUYIWA ALDER 4 years ago

    I feel the young guy should be given a chance by the coach,he may be young but has has gotten the exposure,experience and confidence needed.Its a big plus for the national team of Nigeria.Cameroon usually boast of Keepers with lots of experience from La liga.Pleas lets encourage ours and keep scouting for others unknown as well.Remember Emenalo,never played the world cup qualifiers but made the team to USA.

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  • Cardoso 4 years ago

    I think Uzoho has done very well to get the no 1 position at Deportivo, ahead of the much more experienced Costil Pantillimon.I also believe he must be a very good goalkeeper, for him to have been part of our best under 17 team ever and to have attended the Aspire academy in Qatar is a confirmation of his undoubted quality. He deserves to be given his day in the sun!!!.