By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Sunshine Stars of Akure and Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is hopeful he can soon become the first choice keeper of the senior national side at the expense of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Carl Ikeme.
Ikeme has been installed as the preferred Eagles’ first choice keeper since the retirement of Vincent Enyeama in 2015 but Ezenwa believes there is still time to snatch the gloves from the British-born keeper.
“Nigeria have been blessed with great keepers in the past. We still have quality goalkeepers in the local league so the future is very good for us,” Ezenwa told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“My expectation is that I will play more matches for the Super Eagles and convince the coaching crew that I am the best choice as Vincent Enyeama’s replacement.
“Carl (Ikeme) has done well but Vincent’s retirement was recent so it is still open for anybody.”
The former Flying Eagles custodian was Nigeria’s first choice keeper at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda in January, where he was in action for all of the Super Eagles’ three group games against Niger, Tunisia and Guinea.