Fortuna Düsseldorf Goalie Okoye Eager For U-23 Eagles Action

Fortuna Düsseldorf Goalie Okoye Eager For U-23 Eagles Action

Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is eagerly looking forward to donning the green and white jersey of Nigeria against Sudan in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture in June

, Completesports.com. reports.

Okoye, 19, who is born to a Nigerian father and a German mother took to the social media to announce his intention and desire to represent the country of his birth.

“I’ m coming Home Nigeria! After 13 years. Can’t describe my feelings. Looking forward to the Qualifying matches with the U23 against Sudan. #Olympia2020,” Okoye he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Okoye has featured 15 times for Fortuna Düsseldorf B side in the Regionaliga West this season.

He has conceded 25 goals and kept two clean sheets.

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Okoye in Fortuna Dusseldorf training session

The U-23 Eagles will face Sudan in the first leg of the qualifier on June 5 in Khartoum with the second leg to take place at he Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa four days later.

Imama Amapakabo’s men overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit to edge out Libya 4-2 on aggregate in the previous round.

Sudan on the other hand defeated Kenya 2-0 on aggregate to secure their passage to the final round of the qualifiers.

The top three countries at the 2019 U-23 AFCON competition that will be hosted by Egypt later in the year will represent the continent in the football event of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Nigeria won the last edition of the competition hosted by Senegal pipping Algeria 2-1 in the final.

The competition will take place in Egypt from 8 to 22 November.

By Adeboye Amosu

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 3
  • Edoman. 3 weeks ago

    It is going to be very interesting to add this goalkeeper to the fray . Goalkeeping department is one of the areas that is lacking in most of the Nigeria’s teams across the board.
    He could turn out to be what Ikeme became for the Nigeria team in recent memory .

  • Ako Amadi 2 weeks ago

    We blame goalkeepers too much and never forgive or forget any mistakes they make. One day we’re told De Gea is the “Best Goalkeeper in tbe World” When he fumbles he’s the villain. Many goalkeeping ‘errors’ start from field players. Nigerians must learn to stop singling out goalkeepers for castigation. Nobody’s perfect.

    • Glory 2 weeks ago

      When goal keepers can not read the game n position his defender properly, he has to be blamed. A good goal keeper must be in total control of his goal area n must be very focused, reading the game n movement of the opposition as he has got d broadest view of the pitch. In the process backing out instructions to ward off any threat. This is just about what our goal keepers lack at d moment. They lack that commanding personality, Enyaema, Ikeme, Peter Rufai had. And reason top clubs are not getting interested in them.