The battle for Super Eagles number one goalkeeping position is still up for grabs with head coach of the side, Gernot Rohr yet to make a decision on who will be in goal for his team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, Completesports.com reports.
Three goalkeepers; Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are battling for the position in Eagles’ training sessions.
Uzoho was favoured ahead of the other two at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and was in goal in majority of the Eagles’ AFCON 2019 qualifying games.
Uzoho was widely criticised for his poor showing in Super Eagles’ last qualifying fixture against Seychelles and didn’t see much action at club level as a result of his health certificate saga in Cyprus where he spent the second part of the season on loan at Anorthosis Famagusta from Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruna.
Akpeyi, who plays for South Africa Premier League club, Kaizer Chiefs was in goal in the three-time African champions’ friendly encounter against Zimbabwe last Saturday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
Completesports.com scooped from a reliable camp source that Rohr is still undecided on who amongst the three will be in goal in the Super Eagles’ opening game against the Swallows of Burundi next week Saturday.
“The position of the number one goalkeeper is still very much open. I think it will probably be settled close to our first game against Burundi, “the source disclosed to Completesports.com.
“The three goalkeepers are working hard in training sessions and there is healthy competition among them.”
The Super Eagles are in Group B with debutants, Swallows of Burundi, the Barea of Madagascar and Syli Nationale of Guinea.
They will open their campaign against Burundi on Saturday June 22 at the Alexandria Stadium.
By Adeboye Amosu