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ROAD TO RUSSIA: Which Goalkeepers Should Rohr Take To 2018 World Cup?

ROAD TO RUSSIA: Which Goalkeepers Should Rohr Take To 2018 World Cup?

Perhaps we would not be having this debate if Vincent Enyeama had not retired or Carl Ikeme had not unfortunately been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

These two are, without a doubt, Nigeria’s best goalkeepers at the moment. But they are unavailable  — although Enyeama could still be persuaded to call off his retirement  — and the show must go on.


In the absence of Enyeama and Ikeme, coach Gernot Rohr has given opportunities to Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and the new kid on the block Francis Uzoho, 18, to varying degrees of success.

Also, Dele Alampasu and Dele Ajiboye have trained with the squad and there are several others looking in from the outside, some of them in the Nigeria Professional Football League like Theophilus Afelokhai, Suraj Oyefeso of Nasarawa United, Ojo Olorunleke of Akwa United and others.

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Of those already tried, Akpeyi has not covered himself in glory (especially against Argentina on Tuesday), Ezenwa has blown hot and cold (solid against Cameroon, unconvincing against Algeria), while the jury is still out on Uzoho since he has only played 45 Super Eagles minutes.

So, should Enyeama be recalled to lead the goalkeeping crew? Should Akpeyi be trusted again? Is Ezenwa up to the task? Do Uzoho’s young age and inexperience count against him? Are the other NPFL keepers ready for the world stage?Who are your three goalkeepers for the Russia 2018 World Cup?

It is time again to have your say as Completesportsnigeria.com continue our Road To Russia World Cup Debate series.

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  • NO, Let Enyeama stay off the Eagles, let him continue with his Club at France, there is no room for Enyeama, he cannot reap what he didn’t sow .

    • what are you saying?. Enyama also sufer for Nigeria. Should only this one bring trouble?

      • Michael Demson 4 years ago

        Can they force Enyeama to come back when he said he is tired of playing for the eagles? No, i think the solution is to bring Uzoho, Ezenwa and the German born goalkeeper and try them for friendlies to know who to be the first choice and not Enyeama any more because if you shout his name till next 2 years, he will not come back (Victor Emmanuel).

    • So we should put those basket called Ezenwa and Akpeyi in our post to conside cheap goals? God forbid!

    • emmanuel…do you pray to labour hard for a contract and after been awarded the contract,,,your boss decide to bring sb who is more experienced than you to take over…….

      • What are u saying. This is world cup and we take the best whether he was involved in d qualify or not. Akpeyi and ezenwa are not capable bro.their mistake may hurt us more in d show. Better we get enyeman.if we loose we will be happy rhat we go with d best we have. Enyeama..ejide and ayenugba these are d best we have now if ikeme is not available.

    • Then don’t expect to go beyond round of 16

    • we will repeat what happened in France 98 be that.

    • Oga u are ingreat. Did u know what olise did to that guy that force him to resigned?

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      I don’t agree with you please, Enyeama is a Nigerian, if he is good and willing to play why not? We used the excuse of he has retired to sideline him but a good student of history will agree with me that Messi also retired from the Argentine team but was recalled. Peter Rufai didn’t play any qualify in preparation for France 98 yet he was between the sticks for Nigeria throughout the competition. If the coach want him (Enyeama) no one can stop him not even NFF.

    • People talk as if Enyeama is Mr perfect that doesnt concede.

    • wat do u mean he cant reap where he did not sow, they wer paid for wat they were doing, let me take u bk to usa 94 chidi nwanu nd mike emenalo never played any qualifying matches nd they made the team to usa 94

    • What did olishe do to him Onyechere Mathias Donatus

    • charles emeka okwu 4 years ago

      This is the same sentiment that have bedeviled not only our football but every other aspect of our economy as a nation. This is the sentiment that made us tolerate keshi for along period when its was obvious that he was killing the apex team of the nation with his selfish and dubious approach. If enyeama regains fitness and form i see no reason why the nff and rohr wont go begging him to stage a temporary comeback to the team to aid our worldcup chances. Its obvious that we lack quality in the goalkeeping department, the likes of ezenwa and akpeyi are pretenders while uzoho is immersely talented but taking him as the teams #1 goal minder will be a huge risk that if it backfires it will be to the deteriment of the teams ambition in russia and his young career. He should be groomed and monitored closely.

  • I beg no argument about this. We need Enyeama. That is all

    • We realy need Enyeama and get ride of those two fearful and shakky basket called Ezenwa and Akpeyi.

    • Enyeama has past his prime,he should move on he’s got nothing to offer,he has not tasted action for over a year with his club.
      Besides his school boy mistake made pogba score against Nigeria at the last world cup

      • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

        Your point is not valid. He is the best goal keeper in the history of Nigerian football. Ikeme is good but no where close to Enyeama. Let me shock you that till this moment, Africa has not produced the like of Enyeama. If it is a lie, google it.

    • Repeat what happened in France 98 be that.

    • Wow We Need Eyema Dats All……. Wat If We Never Made It Tru, Will U Still Need Eyema Dats All??? Dey Is God Oooo

  • Enyeama should be forgotten forever as far as Nigerian footbal is consigned. They should all go away with their ego and bad luck

    • what ego and bad luck are you talking about??

    • Enyeama is gone and gone for good.

    • Victor Emmanuel if Nigeria did not qualifiy do U think enyeama will think of coming back, he is greedy and has shown it when they were going for confederation cup I think when he bring issue of match bonus, I belief these players are not getting match bonus still there is lobe and harmony.let him rest in pieces.

      • He is the captain and must speak out for other players. Shut up if u do not kn what to say.we need enyema and that is it.

    • Daniel okeme 4 years ago

      U re one of the enemies of this country how earth do u want to experiment with those inexperienced goal keepers

  • olamide stephen 4 years ago

    Recall Enyeama back from retirement.

  • Nigeria team is getting better but we still need a good goal stopper like Enyeama to solidify the team for the 2018 world cup.

    • Thank you very much… You said the truth!

    • Or destabilize the team. Football is not all about individual excellence. It’s about team work. The presence of one man can make or mar the team. At the last world cup, NFF forced Osaze on Keshi and that lone action put a hole in an already established, glorious 2013 team, regardless of how good Osaze looked. I believe that the same team that lifted African cup of nations, with Ideye in it,would have done better at the 2014 world cup. My point is this, judging from his performance against Argentina, Uzoho looks very good. The coach should begin to give him more responsibilities. He should be trained to be our no1 keeper. Enyeama and Ikeme can now form a solid backing. Besides, Enyeama took a very long time to come back. He deserves some sidelining. And guys,pls quit the insults when people air their views on issues.

      • charles emeka okwu 4 years ago

        I disagree with you regarding odemwingie’s performance at the last world cup. Keshi may his gentle soul rest in peace is the biggest fraud in nigerian football. He started on a good note and luckily won 2013 afcon(i credit that feat to the determination of the players after winning the almighty drogba led CIV). After that pride and ego took over him. His team selection from day one was questionable and he felt untouchable because of the politicians he had as godfathers. After the 2013 triumph what next happened? We failed to qualify for back to back afcon. The team even made it out of the group stage out of luck coz the ref against bosnia disallowed eden dzeko’s clean goal. Imagine taking the likes of gabriel reuben,shola ameobi,egwueke etc to the world at the expense of more deserving players? Do you know keshi nearly dropped yobo if not for the intervention of nff chiefs? My happiness is the new nff board are doing a great job and their gamble with rohr is paying off. Coming to the issue of enyeama, it will be a welcomed development and a grear addition to the team if he recovers on time for the world cup. Akpeyi and ezenwa had their chances but fumbled big time, uzoho looks promising but the responsibility will be huge for his young shoulders. He should be monitored closely and groomed as the one to take over from enyeama after the worldcup if the latter decides not to continue with the team

        • chuddyl 4 years ago

          ascribing the 2013 AFCON triumph of super eagles to luck shows how biased and poor your analysis above is. clear your mind of prejudice and primodal sentiments.

  • Ezenwa should be rewarded with a world cup appearance and it will also serve as a morale booster for local footballer to #doubledemhustle

  • Good one Lawrence. Don’t mind those who r kicking against the return of Vincent enyeama. As it stands now, we need him. Though Uzoho can fit in, but wat happens when he is injured or suspended? Enyeama should be approached to return period

  • Francis Uzoho all the way joor.

  • who re dis three. nd were is Enyeama

  • Akpeyi out,uzoh and ezenwa and maybe enyeama

  • Okonkwo Jude C 4 years ago

    Please in my own opinion, oh would suggest that the NFF organize as many friendly as possible to try the options we have. I am seeing a future in Francis Uzoho. Finally Enyeama could as well be recalled because of his experience. Thanks

  • Ifeanyi 4 years ago

    Vincent enyama should be recall.then ezenwa and uzohoh should join in squad to the World Cup.in football expirence matters in goal keeping department.world cup is not a training ground.

  • Enyeama must come back to eagles or else…..

    • What will happen? Hasn’t he Kept at the World Cup… Did he stop us from considing

      • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

        We would have conceded more if he is not there. Who can you compare with Vincent among all of them? Including ikeme. See, even the blind can tell who is the best in between the sticks for Nigeria.

    • Progress Dnt Worry, All I Pray Is 4 Him To Work And After Retirement, His Nebor Come Collect D Whole Money.

  • Who are this saying we don’t need eyeama ??? Wot has he don wrong? Did u no wot olise did to him ? With all he has don for this country ? U guys are ingreat infact NFF need to beg him to come back, after u guys have used him n dump him

  • Olumide Omoboye 4 years ago

    My choice will be Vincent Enyeama, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Francis Uzoho.
    Still thinking on this important issue…

  • The coach should make his decision but for me Akpei, Ezenwa aand Uzo will be ok for now and tomorrow. If Ikeme recover he should join them and Uzo should be put on stand by.

  • Noumber 3 is the best

  • the 18years goal keeper is really good…I noticed his composure and he has confidence…

  • We need Enyeama back pls

  • Akpeyi or whatever he is called, should not be considered as a Super Eagles goalkeeper

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      Please give us reasons why Enyeama should not be called.

  • Ezenwa pls. Who is enyima?

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      The best ever goalie Nigeria has ever produced. That is who Enyeama is.

  • If we can qualify without enyeama,definitely I see no reason we should be poised to call him back….we av good goalkeepers who are regular starter in their club in ezenwa and akpeyi plus the guy uzoho in Spain,,,Nigeria shouldn’t repeat peter rufai 98 wcup mistake by calling a clubless,injured,match rusty enyeama back to the team….pls let’s give the young gk the chance and allow enyeama to rest….

    I wish eagles all the best

    • May be you dont know how to study goal keepers or you simple dont know who Akpeyi is. Akpeyi is not even good enough to stay in the bench and Ezenwa is too fearfull and unstable, this will cause him to concede cheap goals and ruine the super Eagles! Akpeyi and Ezenwa should be droped from the team and Enyeama should be recalled with Uzoho.

    • @ emmanueI disagreed with u bro.

    • I will never considere given My opinion second thought, Ezenwa Can not handle world cup pressure and Apeyi should not be considered to represent Nigeria in a competition of world cup magnitude or else eagle will be liable to concede cheap goals and we all know that the coach of the team will be held culpable of any failure it is better for him at this moment to select and go to world cup with the safest hand possible.

    • I won’t talk about Ezenwa but as for Akpeyi,it’s just a disgrace to have his class in the Eagles setup.the blunder he committed against Argentina was so shameful

    • Bro there is noting good about Ezenwa and Apeyi or else Nigeria will be disgrace at world cup we don’t need to take any risk about them we better continue with Uzoho for now and pray for quick recovery of Ekeme or coach should recall Eyama in time for world cup.

    • Uzoho, dele,and ikeme if recovery that all

    • And if Eyeama is so good, why is he clubless?

    • I always wonder how people reason slf, perhaps dy ar comparing World Cup with Chan nd wafu cup abi? OK we shall all see.. Make Ezenwa nd Akpei shall go along with basket….

    • simple solution, recall enyeama , pick uzuoh and ezenwa…wat has akpeyi done this futball calendar, worst keeper i ever seen , just look wht southafrica did to us in uyo , go n look at the replay u would see, its not fit at all

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      What an elder sees while sitting, a little child won’t see it even when he clamps and iroko tree. When other countries are going with their best why won’t Nigeria go with Enyeama. Let the coach decide who he want but I think Enyeama is way better than all these guys.

    • isnt it laughable that the so called football i.t.k now prefer uzoho ahead of ezenwa and akpeyi….this same hypocrite will still come back to rubbish uzoho verysoon…i wont deny d fact that akpeyi hasnt been convincing in eagles colour but try watch him in his club…he is a good gk….just need to work on his confidence while playing for us…..i stand with d youth…d old ones should give way….. uzoho…ezenwa..akpeyi are the best our country can offer for now…

  • What I know is that we still need Enyeama because our defense is beginning to understand themselves so we need person like Enyeama to back them up

  • this is my take on the issue..lets take our best leg to world cup, enyeama shd be recall, take ezenwa and uzuoh. pls drop akpeyi ..because he s the worst goalkeeper I ever seen.

  • World cup is nt a testing ground, let us learn hw to appreciate our own, we need an experienced keeper like Enyama, Messi retired from international football nd Argentina President begged him b4 he could come back, let’s appreciate our own pls

    • Merci retired honorably but enyeama left the squad on his own, he caused havoc when he was Skipp, presently there is love and harmony in the squad now if he comes he will want to collect armband and be captain again this may cause another may helm pls let enyeama pack well.

  • those who are not in support of Enyeama return they no sabi football my advice is Nigeria should focus on bringing Enyeama back before any other thing oo just take a look at what that guy do before Argentina have their first goal can any experience keep did that they are all still using the local experience they have none of them are qualified to be the first Choice at the word cup

    • Lukpata D Second Suptitude Keeper Tried, I Just Wnt To Ask A Lil Question If We Did Nt Qualify Nkor? If Eyema Loves His Country Nigeria, Him 4 Ignore Olise And Still Turn Up, Pls I Love Eyema No Doubt, But Lets Bring Work On Him More, But He Shouldnt Be Our Only Option, Bcos If We Been No Qualify No Body 4 Even Remember D Eyema At All, Abi I Lie?

  • I’m for the 19 year old Uzoho

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      I like Uzoho but the truth is the guy has not been tested. 45 minutes is just too short to draw conclusion. I want him to go anyway but not as our first choice goalkeeper.

  • Ezenwa and Enyeama

  • What is wrong with this coach?? What is Akpeyi still doing in our national team?? That Akpeyi of a dude dont even deserve a place in the bench and Ezenwa is too fearful and unstable this the coach knows but do nothing about it. Eyeama, Uzoho and that former U17 goal keeper should be in Russia so we can avoid embarrisement!

    • U are a wise fellow, I guess Alampasu

    • so ezenwa doesnt deserve to be in russia..i hope you will be happy to be ignored by ur company after winning them a huge contract?

      • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

        Hameed, we have to remove sentiment in this matter o. We was paid all the bonuses for the matches he played. So no issue. We want all our best hands for the world cup. Was Enyeama invited? If he was, he would have represented. So no issue.

    • Olanrewaju…. You dont know how to study goal keepers, just watch Akpeyi and Ezenwa very will, you will see what i am talking about. Ezenwa is too panicky, i bet you would not want such a keeper in your post in the world cup. The world cup is not African qualifiers!

    • How can you drop Uzoho
      How will young learn without getting a chance. I believe Uzoho and Ezenwa…. Maybe Alampasu is best for the team. We don’t need Eyeama anymore

    • Progress Uzoho will stay but Ezenwa cannot be use. Ezenwa doesnt have the nerve to man a post in the qualifier not to talk of maning a post in the world cup!

  • The return of Vincent Enyeama will give the super eagle a motivation in Russia. But for now i prefer Francis Uzoho.

  • Those two goalkeepers should be taken back to learn more in various amateurs clubs because they are no match for standard and professional football.how can a goalkeeper do that kind of stupid mistake in this era of modern football?

  • Make I Hear Say Una No Call Back Vincent Enyeama.Make Una No Jabor 4 Group Stage..Abi Na D One Wey Dey Catch Ball 4 Outside 18 Una Wan Carry Go?
    Completesports Make Una Answer Me Na.

    • Agaba We Need Eyema No Doubt, But Remember Who Beleful Today, Go Hungry Tomorow? D So Called Weak Keepers Brought Us Dis Far, Hope Knw Dat?

  • pls pls,dont mention akpeyi abeg..uzoho looks comfortable with ball,with confidence..enyeama is very good buy active football is needed n he lacks that now,haba..almost 2yrs out..ezenwa,uzoho n ajiboye #myOpinion

  • For now in the absence of Ekeme, the goalkeeper that substitute Akpeyi, Ezenwa, and Alampasu should be involved in a serious drill before the World Cup to access their capabilities

  • Senior keeper

  • Those of you saying Eyeama didn’t sweat
    idowu that played yesterday didn’t play qualifiers so also some oda players like Ola Auna…but they are going to Russia…. And u think Eyeama who has sweat 4d country does not deserve an automatic spot ??? Na wa 4una o

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      I salute you wisdom. Somebody must answer his question o. We need Enyeama, period.

  • Those saying we don’t need Enyeama should know that world Cup is not for experiment and incompetent fellows, it’s behooves us to elude sentiment and return Enyeama if we wish to go beyond round of 16′ period.

  • if you think we need enyeama back…definitely it will be safe to call taiye taiwo back as echiejile isn’t convincing.

    we need okocha back

    and KANU or martins in the attack

    likewise obasanjo in aso rock.

    abeg …allow ezenwa,uzoho,akpeyi the chance to prove themselves after all enyeama started from somewhere …..

    • abeg I no wan hear that name called akpeyi, he is a flop.

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      Sentiment sentiment sentiment.

    • emmanuel ben stephen…i only dropped my comment without attacking or tagging anyone….y call urself stupid….must you come online to show your stupidity and craziness…..keep your naughtiness ……try ,grow up……headless he goat

    • @olarewaju, leave Mr Ben pls, ones utterances determines ones IQ, what u said is reasonable and I personally support, and doesn’t call for being called stupid but bible says “by their seed we shall know them. Enyeama left the squad when we need him most,he cause problem of match bonus when he was skeeper now that there is love and harmony in the squad and work is already done he want to come back. Who his absence help.

  • Non….. Enyama only

  • Sentiment aside,,, pls Enyeama should b recall wit immediate effect
    Because after all the games without him and Carl Ikeme, I can’t figure any suitable goalie for the world cup…
    This is world cup.. he Enyeama didn’t retired properly. He should return for my own opinion.

  • Uzoho is d best candidate among then CUS exposure he has gain in one of top 5 European club copetetion

  • Enyeama, Uzoho, Ezenwa for world cup.

  • Enyeama must be first choice and Akpeyi shouldn’t be on that plane to Russia…

  • You guys should train them often for them to be Good……..Stop complaining Nigerians …….its look so ridiculous….help them to be good you Guys over there….
    What is this

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      I share your sentiment my brother but world cup is not a training ground. Enyeama is fine.

  • We guys are just clamoring for Eyeama’s return and there is nothing wrong with that. But I want us to know Eyeama started from somewhere too. Without him we qualified for world cup even disgraced Argentina. My questions are: with Eyeama, is Nigeria going to win the world cup? What happens when Eyeama is not in the national team again, does that mean the goal post be left empty? Pls let’s give these lads the required too. But for apkeyi, that guy is a complete disgrace to the national team.

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      Lol, with Enyeama we can win the world cup. He is the bridge between the golden generation of footballers and the current generation. His experience is second to none.

  • For me enyeama is not needed in the team. Enzewa and the likes are capable of making Nigeria goalkeeping segments standard firm. They only need our support. Nigerian’s

  • Pls guys , wht of alampasu ?

  • Enyama should be back if Nigeria wanted to do well…this is world cup not qualifier

    • Sunmie So Ur Take Is We Should Use D Younger Once To Qualify 4 Eyema To Come And Mount Pose At D End? Pls Weneva U Wnt To Talk Always Use Ur Self, Imagine U Helped To Save A Life, And Some One Else Collect D Glory, I No Need To Ask U Hw Far.

  • I pick dele, eyeama, ezenwa

  • Uzoho is a better handler, both experienced and technical wise.

  • Uzoho, dele,ikeme finished

  • With Vincent in the team, a step closer to worldcup success

  • Akpeyi and Ezenwa should go back to their village and learn from village league before progressing to Nigerian premier league. Uzoho and alampasu should be given time to impress

    • Dropping Ezenwa totally from world cup squad is a total injustice and such can backfire, he must go to world cup sit on the bench and learn pls

  • Ezenwa is bad. Neither is Akpeyi. But I didn’t buy the idea of Enyeama coming b AZ Co a good actor leave when the Ovation is loud

  • we need all three of them… all world cup squads includes three keepers

  • Uzoho and Ezenwa is okay… Maybe Alampasu

  • Give francie uzoho a chance his confidence gave our defence line more energy to defend. I Like that guy die.

  • Akpeyi should not be considered at all.

  • Ezenwa, uzoho & ajiboye

  • Emmanuel 4 years ago

    We still need Enyama if they can convince him to come back.But if otherwise,uzoho should be our number one choice while Ezenwa and dele alapasu wl b 2nd and 3rd choice.apkeyi shld be drop.

  • whether Enyeama is call back or nt is nt my problem,my problem is dat Gernot Rhor sould plz take Enzenwa nd Uzoho to world cup nd use them cos Enzenwa really elp us during qualifiers nd dis wil gve other keeper moral to fight cos even his royal majesty Enyeama also start some where b4 he bcom star.

  • Pls Enyema be called back, Ezenwa should be in, and Francis Uzoho should be allowed in ,he is young yes, but you can see his boldness and reflex.

  • Nedson 4 years ago

    Francis uzoho is the best choice according to what we have nw

  • Enyeama should be on d flight. Even if he’s not gonna play, his experience n motivation could help the stand in goal keeper. I tip uzoho to start. Ezenwa to just go and gain experience. But if enyeama won’t b going, then alampasu is a better reserved goal keeper for uzoho.

  • Ademuwagun Sogo 4 years ago

    in the absence of Ikheme & Eyeama,let the coach go with Ezenwa,Uzoho & Alampasu. Apeyi has no place in that squad. But why didn’t the coach give Alampasu a chance to show what he is capable of doing?why are people looking at that guy as small boy. What age was De gea when he started for Atletico or utd, and what about Donnaruma of Milan?it’s only in Nigeria people say a player is not yet ripe for eagles. I disagreed with that. Old age no more plays football. Old legs was what destroyed the eagles in france 1998. It’s time to trust our young players.

  • Akpeyi is numero uno so let’s forget about enyeama.

  • Enyama, Uzoho and Dele Allampasu are our best hands. Ezenwa needs to grow in Confidence and boldness. He is always scared.

  • Let call a spade a spade, world cup is big business and must be seen so, no country will attempt to go to the mundial with inexperience goalkeepers My takes is that if we are serious and we are ready to surpass our records. Let leave pride out of it all our present keepers are not world cup materials

  • Whitout bias mind n’ no sentiment super eagles needs ENYIAMA in d post cos of experience but he must come back wholeheartedly, my say:- Enyiama, ezenwa, i av not watch uzoho very well he might be an optional choice thankz

  • Why are we Nigerians like the proverbial dog who always go back to it vomit. Cos we qualify for d world, we suddenly realise d world Cup isn’t a testing ground for goalkeepers. Would eyeama have done better than this crop of players? Remember we went through the qualifiers without losing a single match yet we don’t see anything good in our goalkeepers. Some bring up lame excuses like ezenwa is too fearful. This is d most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard from anyone. Please nd please let eyeama be and let’s put our trust in this present goalkeepers (ezenwa). After all eyeama is not coming to win the world Cup for us and there’s nothing stopping us if the God of soccer want to favor us all d way to d finals without eyeama

  • Nice nice my friend

  • akpeyi is good but he is not comfident enough.. we should go with eyenma as number 1.. ezenwa and uzoho

  • secondly world cup are not for up coming boys but for experienced men

  • Zamzam 4 years ago

    u know wat, i can see uzoho’s furture…. His head on a platter of russian clay, beheaded by u guys… just 45 mins people… huh. he looks gud,bt dis is not da right tym to start hailing him. u knaow, ezenwa was gud in his first eagles game and every one started shouting ” he has landed, Ezenwa better than ikeme”

  • Ezewan style of play is like that of vijua I do watch every day.whr goalkeeper can easily go out and come back all in the name of trying to prevent a goal. For Akpeyi mater if I c him Shadow near this our new team, I will make sure I call police for him.

  • Edoman 4 years ago

    My Grandpa is far better then Akpeyi.UZOHO and ENYEAMA. Akpeyi is called ‘Akpyibasket’

  • Uzoho, Alampesu and Ezenwa should fight for that spot. Ezenwa having tasted against Cameroon and Algeria needs a little composure to polish his game. Alampesu has been tested through age grade competition and knows what it feels like to compete at the big stage. Uzoho is good and should join the train to Russia.

    Let’s get the team play friendlies and build on their Confidence, not just the goal keeping department we need to understand the tactical aspect of every game and know when to switch according to instructions from the gaffer.

  • Come who dey ask this question no see that match yesterday, you no know say na uzoho go mount that post, na WA for una o

  • Stanley Onyenama 4 years ago

    Guys, enough of all dese argument. Enyeama should be given a chance to proof himself. The coach knows what is best for team. Let the best mount the post. The truth remains. Enyeama untimely retirement wasnt his fault. He was ill-treated by Olise. The NFF owe’s him apology even if he didnt make it to Russia.

  • Nigeria need much more than Ezenwa and Akpeyi! WC isn’t a joke, it’s a real competition..there’s no place for compassion just some player can represent seriously the green white green anthem!! Soo recall Enyema, Uzoho and alampasu..and drop akpeyi, ezenwa..if Ikpeme can return from his leucemia! It will be a good news..

  • Sorry for my english i tried..je parle plus le francais…chassez moi ces 2 faux gardiens Ezenwa and akpeyiii

  • Ikeme might still make it to world cup.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    Hmm. Only in Nigeria we don’t believe in young goal Keepers or players. (No1) For sure, we needed Enyeama badly.

    2 The Olympic goal keeper, D is there too, if given the opportunity. He has confidence and he really matured.

    (3)Ajiboye is there as well.

    (4)Also Alanpasun and Francis Uzoho are there.

    (5)Don’t forget about “Africa Buffon” he is a world class goal keeper but politics is everything in Nigeria.

    A word is enough for the wise. We don’t need to deceive ourselves, we don’t have any problem when it comes to goal keeper.

    Lastly, Rohr should hear our say for once. We have been calling Idowu’s name for this while but thank God the coache heard our call for once. We have so many players and goal keepers out there now but if you don’t have connections, you are going no where except for the mercy of God. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Look within Nigeria leaque, to compliment ezenwa,because akpeyi is out of it.

  • Our best hands are Enyeama, Uzoho, Ezenwa/Alampasu. For Enyeama, we forgot easily what led to his forced exit from the national team when Oliseh couldn’t empathise with him during the death of his mother but wanted him to report to camp. According to Enyeama, he was not emotionally stable to man the post. Thomas Nkono at over 40 years kept for CAMEROUN at the world cup. Most times, unlike out field players, goalkeepers can stay till forty before retirement, the older the wine the better. Enyeama is not upto forty and still active.

  • Bankole Robben 4 years ago

    Well With All Due Respect To Enyeama He Does Deserve A Recall If Only He Recindes His Decision But If Otherwise I Think Nigeria Should Just Trust In Ezenwa,uzoho And Dele Alampasu They Are Good To Go As For Akpeyi He Played His Way Out Already

  • Bankole Robben 4 years ago

    You Dont Expect Gernot Rohr To Start Uzoho Ahead Of Ezenwa Ok If Enyeama Doesnt Make The Squad Good Or Bad Ezenwa Remains Nigeria Undisputed No 1 While Uzoho And Alampasu Are Good Backup For Him

  • Tony Iloka 4 years ago

    If Enyeama and Ikeme hit form before World Cup, let them go with Ezenwa if not I recommend we get Dele Aiyenugba (remember him) who is doing fine in Israel top flight regularly.

  • Dr. Tope 4 years ago

    If Enyeama is willing, if he is fit and the coach wants him. why not? we should remove sentiments. Roger Milla at 38years of age was included in the Camerounian squad that went to Italia 90, he scored 4 great goals and took Cameroun to the quarters. He was unarguably the best player for Cameroun. The goalkeeping department is a sensitive one and the world cup is not a joke. I love Uzoho’s confidence and intimidating physique. Akpeyi for me did not show intelligence and should be dropped.

  • call him back ps

  • Joshua 4 years ago

    Akpeyi definitely should not go to Russia, Dele Ayenugba, Dele Ajiboye, Dele Alampasu plus the best three goalkeepers in the NPFL should also be tried to give Ezenwa and Uzoho competition. Enyeama also could be tried if he decides to come out of retirement!

  • Uzoho is my number one if Vincent will not come bk as for Ezenwa And Akpenyi Abi Ogiri dey suppose go look bush

  • Uzoho should be d number one. Not DAT useless goalkeeper. Akpeyi

  • Better to call off his retirement

  • Nigeria and Nigerians don’t appreciate their own at all….why can’t a more senior person go and meet Enyama to come bk?

    When messi retired, his president and other senior men had to go to him in other to reconsider…. this is world cup for God’s sake! Bring tne able NO 1 back ASAP.


  • Ekanem Inyang 4 years ago

    For now and for our true interest in Rusia, Vincent Enyeama remain Nigeria No. 1 Goal Keeper. Ezenwa cannot withstand some shots. He is afraid of some big names in football. Akpeyi is too fearful to go for world cup. World cup is not for boys but for men. Let’s go to world cup with Enyeama, Uzoho and… another tested keeper. Pls sentiment aside, whatever it will take,NFF and Rorh must bring Enyeama to lead the GoalPost. Who knows if this is our chance to win the world cup. Enyeama pls you are welcome. We have the team. We need you at the Goal post. Thanks.

  • The young lad is good to go oo Daniel has put in his best but not good enough please wishing super eagles all d best

  • I think Rohr is in the best position to decide. Let’s pretend to be psychologists and summarize Rohr’s actions/thoughts:

    1. He has persistently said that Enyeama is the number 1 goalie and that he could return to the team after he recuperates from knee surgery and starts active club football. Enyeama has undergone successful surgery and has started intensive drills. So far, Rohr has been the most diplomatic person coaxing Enyeama to return to the national team following his impromptu resignation after a confrontation with Oliseh: Enyeama IN
    2. Rohr gave his nod to Uzoho after his baptism of fire with Argentina in Russia. He reported that Uzoho did well: Uzoho IN
    3. Rohr has been saying that he won’t forget the players who fought hard to make qualification a reality. Ezenwa is such a player, though he had down times during some games. Akpeyi did not do much to be considered under this criterion: Ezenwa IN.

    We’ve got 6 months to the WC. Rohr and his team will most likely polish these three goalkeepers and take them to Russia, rather than starting afresh with other options, including NPL goalies. Hence, most likely candidates:


  • Ifeanyi 4 years ago

    Yes ENYAMA should be recall because in goal keeping department experience matters alot.then UZOHOR and EZENWA should join the team.world cup is not a learning ground is where countries parade their best players.

  • Truly we need Enyeama if he’s fit, he must prove himself aswell as others

  • Samuel A. Alabi 4 years ago

    Three keepers for World Cup are
    Vincent Enyeama
    Francis Uzoho
    Dele Alampasu
    Allow these young two goalies to learn from the ageless Enyeama.
    My opinion.

  • Does Enyema return guarantee winning the world cup? Enyema started from somewhere. Let’s give these young lads chance to show their talents

  • taofeeq abdul 4 years ago

    I think enyeama should b recalled due 2 experience. But, let’s look @ it this way,if he was included in d squad which mean their would b a problem within d team again on whom to cap the team and mikel.should the cap taking away from him as oliseh did,so, who ll cap?he has done well 4 dis country, surely.bt. There should b a room 4 d Youngs 1 2 developed.however,in d nxt 1 or 2 years to come he will definitely retired either he likes it or not,so, whom are we to depend on if d Youngs keeper are not giving an opportunity ? I think uzoho is our future keeper.next by alampasu,and ezenwa,bt,if d coach insisted on enyeama,so b it o.

  • taofeeq abdul 4 years ago

    Please, stop passing an insultive word,we re just sharing each of our opinion, pls

  • 1Akpeyi 2 Uzoho 3 Ajiboye

  • This Akpeyi should be dropped immediately.

  • Enzwewa is a good keeper looking at d goals he conceed ar caused by referring blunders he sgud b given d chance.

  • Kunle Abiodun 4 years ago

    Goalkeeping is all about experience and age. In goalkeeping, the more you age the more experience you are. If we can’t have enyeama and ikeme, then I’ll prefer the recall of ejide and ayenugba, the uzoho should be the third choice.

  • who get enyeama time. we nor need am jare.

  • #bring_back_our_Enyama. We need him even if Na as back up. We need all the best that we have and can get right now to perform better.

  • very simple logic just call enyama let him fight for shirt if he wins fine nd if lost out fine

  • well Enyeama has done well for himself, the super eagles and Nigeria at large but the team spirit in the eagles now cannot be compared to when he was playing. this resulted to many near victory results they got against strong and weak oppositions even with him as the captain and the goalkeeper.
    this could have resulted in some decisions and utterances he made that frustrated oliseh to go into face off with him(though oliseh is good i never liked his mouthy attitude, very unforgiving)

    with this present situation, Enyeama shoud not be considered for the world cup( ask Rufai of 1998)
    in my own opinion, Ezenwa, Uzoho and Dele Ajiboye should go to the world cup
    in 1994 brazil never has excellent goalkeeper but the defenders are there for him.
    you can see this in our defenders too , not relying on the judgement of the keepers most times, they go for the ball and clear so as not to let in easy ball they presumed the keeper can catch.

    please Uzoho is good only that Deportivo La coruna’s new coach is getting being sentimental in using him due to him speaking less spanish.

  • Vincent Enyeama, Ezenwa and Uzoho. Akpeyi should not smell the flight taking the Eagles to the Mundial.

  • Forget about experienced Enyeama & Daniel Akpeyi and go with Francis Uzoho, Ezenwa, Ikpeme if he recover from his illness if you really want to win

  • Gabriel TC. 4 years ago

    Please Guys, Our Coach is the man who knows his task much better than you and I, He knows too well Russia 2018 is not for Akpeyi but Ezenwa might improve before time. Talking about the third Goalie, we have talents scattered around the World if we do not put on the search lite we will never know what we have. The search party is on but not the legend Enyeama of those days we know.

  • @greatest 4 years ago

    Egypt had to recall thier retired best goal stopper, that alone boast thier squad, they played to the claimed silver in the jst concluded afcon tournament, enyeama is that golie nigeria need, well we are in nigeria, we see,know da truth but we wonth say it. God help us.

  • Ezenwa, uzoho & alampasu

  • Akpeyi should be dropped!

    • Let me tell u guys uzoho ezenwan alampasu ,as for me eyeama pls he should retire we need peace he is a trouble maker whatever he may have with oliseh he has to respect him that is the past,i pray for Carl to recovered our best is uzoho

      • Ezenwan didn’t use to panic but he used to command and he is a lucky keeper as akpeyi worst keeper,pls let u guys forget eyeama is not keeping in lille is been benched we need peace in the u guys should mark this date if eyeama follows then even Serbia will beat us if any one to bet he should bet with me

  • Enyama,Uzoho & Ezenwa

  • plz. wen will karl ikeme by alryt? … dats my own concern

  • Bro ezenwan and uzoho alampasu

  • Derik osede ebuehi troost balogun brian idowu

  • World cup is not for boys, Is for man’s

  • Uzoho and Alampasu.

  • this question weak me.

    i think peter rufai should come back from retirement

  • Don’t consider calling Enyama back. It will be disastrous, history never favoured such move.

  • Please guys we are not here to fait we are here to select three good goalkeepers as we asked to so you make your own selection as I did now , my number 1 is still Enyeama 2 Ezenwa, 3 uzoho this is my you can make yours please.

  • Kunle Abiodun 4 years ago

    In my own opinion, goalkeeping is all about age and experience. Akpeyi and Essenes lack this experience and exposure of it, hence the two are not qualify. If we can’t have enyeama, then we should consider calling Ejide and Aiyenugba. But my three goalkeepers are: Enyeama, Emmanuel Daniel and Francis Uzoho

  • 1-Enyeama, 2- Uzoho, 3-Ezenwa/Dele Alampasu/Dele Ajiboye

  • Nwoye Kingsley Ogbonna 4 years ago

    All these arguments centres on Stephen Keshi and Sunday Olise, the Vanguards of MAFIA in The Nigerian Football. They forced Enyama Out, so no one should blame him, if he is fit and strong let’s apologize to him and pray that Bad Influences like Kesh And Olise should not surface in our sports Arina again. I said this because I remember when Nigeria used to charter private get for them to just to come and play match without training but during their tenure as coaches they didn’t even allowed late camping even when one is bereaved. So call Enyama back with apologies.

    • Nwoye Kingsley Ogbonna 4 years ago

      Enyama is still the best we have. And I want to add that we should always imitate good things, let’s imitate Argentina who knelt down for Messi because they know he is the live wire of their team now. Enyama is Nigeria”s between those two posts and crossed bar called goal post.

  • john rotimi odeymi 4 years ago

    dele ajiboye and dele alapaso are d best for now

  • The goalkeeper by the center is too proud of himself and he behave as a drunker so let them work on his altitude so that he wouldn’t cause us penalty again like before.

  • Pls,lets allow sleeping dog lies. Football is a team work,there must be chemistry among team,understanding and telepathic motions and visions. If you guys know Eyema wella,he’s not someone to be relegated to the background,he always want his voice to heard.right now Mikel is the captain, no way eyama wld not want to intrude and influence his captainship or mutual talk or pep talk with the players,this can divide the team and lose of chemistry may emerged. If you want eyama bak,let him come and assist keepers trainer and help the inexperience keepers with pep talk and encouragement. Pls don’t kill the present fighting an unrelenting spirit of this team bcoz we are all coaches here without a coaching certificate.

  • Peter Emmanuel 4 years ago

    Ezinwa,uzoho and Dele Alapasu are the reliable goal keeper we have at moment.On our road to Russia 2018,Uzoho shld be on the goal post as number one choice while others on the bench incase of necessity.

    • Bestsports. 4 years ago

      I agree with you sweet heart. You have football sense!

  • Well, the World Cup proper is almost here, we all die hard super eagles fans and we all want the best for our team. I have heard baby people talking about the return of Enyeama but my question is what if enyeama is injured or completely lost form before the World Cup can’t we move ahead? Been a Good goal keeper is a factor and not mentally ready to play is another factor. I personally don’t think enyeama is ready to come back to the national team and if he does he should announce it himself that he wants to come back so that they will tell him the new protocols of the team in order to maintain the team spirit and love among players not coming and fighting for captain band. I also hear people talking about Keshi, keshi (may his soul rest in peace) was the problem of super eagles and was also the factors why we didn’t qualify for 2015 and 2017 Afcon respectively. I would still give my comprehensive analysis on that and for the last World Cup, our defeat to Bosnia was luck even keshi himself admits. I will still give more details on that

  • Am still saying that nigerian in the whole needed Vincent Eyeama as a no.1 goalkeeper and let other like Ezenwa, Uzo, Akpeyi learn a tactise from him. Right now am 100% praying for Ikeme my delighted son for the quick recovery and it may not be long for his fast relief. I want that which God shew me in the year 2013-2014 to be truely fulfilled though the first one has been done by Keshi in 2013, but still remained unfulfilled one which am looking forward to see the glory of my country Nigeria, the last time i had a meeting with our former X-President Goodluck Jonathan, we both talk at lenght and i feels his selflesness toward NFF, please we need Eyeama this point in time not that we did’t values the rest, they are wonderful in doing and the are great men indeed, also we should learn how to appreciate our fellow men in whatever we find them doing, Super Eagle of Nigeria on behalf of my country we are proudly to have your’s on our side as a team that worked for the glory of her country, G. Rhor I apreciate

  • You have said it all

  • Ozhoh and Ezenwa . Very good and confidence

  • Enyama, Uzoho and Ezenwa

  • olawole 4 years ago

    WC is not testn ground pls let used d good one ill,knw we need enyama for nw

  • Awoniyi oluniyi Samuel 4 years ago

    Enyeama should be recalled without delay. because all these other goal keepers are not worthy of being at the world cup especially as number one goal tender for our super eagles.

  • Anozie Michael 4 years ago

    All this players and goalkeepers are best and let us stop fighting here, because they qualified Nigeria to world cup 2018 so judging let us protect what we have Nijia people

  • After watching that Argentina friendly over and over again, I’m of the opinion that we should go for Uzoho as our number one. He kept talking to the defenders, organizing the defence whenever the Argentine were on the prowl,good positioning,composure, dealt with crosses easily amongst others. Despite all these good qualities, I still suggest he should be exposed more by way of friendly matches, so that we can see more of him and assess him more.
    Just like when Carl Ikeme came newly to SE, I was jittery and scared until after watching him in action, my confidence in him grew. I think Uzoho is good. I believe we see it more clearly in subsequent matches.
    Finally, let’s forget about Enyeama. He is reluctant in coming back and moreover the last match he kept for us in 2014 World Cup against France, he poopooed a corner kick everybody thought he had caught….that was how France scored, we lost and came back like kids. Crosses, corners and high ball are big reasons we need a tall goalkeeper like Buffon, De Gea e.t.c. Thank you

  • Inyang U 4 years ago

    Enyeama, Enyeama, Enyeama. No. 1 GK VINCENT ENYEAMA no. 2 GK Uzoho and No. 3 GK Ezenwa. Mr Rohr let this be your conclusion for your clean record and the glory of Nigeria.

    Thank you fellow analysts.

  • Obruthe ufuoma 4 years ago

    Pls let’s be realistic here, when was the last time enyeama n played active football? Which club is he playing for now? How old is he now? Are we saying some one who as not been playing active football for going to 2 years now is better than the other keepers we have? Then we should call okocha back na. Enyeama, started from somewhere , so let’s give others chance too.

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    My people, please lend me your ears. At this point, Akpeyi should be left out of the team. I think he has a powerful man behind him. For sure, we still need Enyeama back. He is still our no1 goal keeper. Ezenwa, Uzoho and Alanpasu will compete for a spot. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Why is it that no one is talking about ejide and delete ayienugba? There are two wonderful keepers that can give us good outing

  • We Nigerian are so stupid of criticisms to our top players and that is why we are suffering to get to the top, i wants to please our star players the like of Vincent enyema,ideye,obi mikel and others to please not listen to what nigerian said and posted in social media.if god has made you a nigerian please be proud of being a nigerian and also fight for your country to be on top of football in the world starting in Russian 2018 fifa world cup. god bless nigeria, god bless supereagle, god bless Vincent enyema and his family

  • Vincent Enyeama All The Way! Where Need Him Back In National Team, His Effort And Other Team Mate Like Mikel Obi Etc Has Once Take Our National Team To Win The African Cup Of Nation, And Rw Of 16 In Fifa’s World Cup, If Anybody Is Saying Let Give The Young Boys Chance To Place, Did U Knw How Many Appearance Did Enyeama Made In The World Cup Before He Start Playing, The Young Boy Are Doing Well In Their Level Not In Men Football, World Cup Is Nt For Boys Is Men, We Need Enyeama Back Because He Has Gained More Experiance That Qualifies Him To Play In Russia.