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Rohr Hints Uzoho Is Eagles’ Number One In Russia

Rohr Hints Uzoho Is Eagles’ Number One In Russia

By Semiu Osho in London:
Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr has once again made a bold goalkeeping call and insisted that Deportivo La Coruna safe hands, Francis Uzoho will be the man between the sticks when 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia,
Completesportsnigeria.com can report.

Fielding questions from reporters in London on Friday, the German-born tactician calmed frayed nerves over Super Eagles goalkeeping headache and maintained that the duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi can be relied on always, but he still
considers Uzoho to be top of the pile.

While several football cynics have opted against placing the current No. 1 at La Coruna B team on top of national rankings, in a rather bold call given his little experience and international exposure, Rohr showered encomiums on Uzoho’s overall season
performance and assured that the 19-year old keeper will come good at the World Cup.

“The process of coming up with another goal keeper was a long one. We had Carl Ikeme who was doing great for us until he fell sick. Then Daniel Akpeyi came up and gave his best as far as he could,” Rohr stated.

“We also tried Ezenwa in the qualifiers and he lived up to expectations all through the qualifiers. But in our relentless effort to get a better replacement for Carl, we discovered Uzoho.

“Uzoho has matured enough to become Super Eagles No.1. He is the goalkeeper for the future and he can only get better as he continues to play more games.
The England game is another opportunity to build more confidence, hopefully we will have a great game” Rohr concluded.

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  • Papa J 3 years ago

    Case closed!

  • Rohr na correct guy!

  • Israel Akinlawon 3 years ago

    I don’t know why the press men have continued to query the inclusion of Uzoho in the goalkeeping department. As far as I am concerned, Uzoho has impressed so far and he deserves to remain No. 1. Just look at his one-on-one saves, the way he deals with aerial balls and crosses and how he sets his walls for free-kicks. I am sure Enyeama could have conceded that freekick played by DR Congo if he was in goal that day.
    The only thing I want Gernot Rohr to tell him (Uzoho) is that he should be bold to be talking and give instructions to his defenders. Communication matters a lot. Carry on Uzoho.

    • I don’t see a glaring jittery goalie impressing me until he proves other wise. Rohr should have allowed for competition between Ezenwa and Uzoho. U never can tell injury may knock Uzoho out and u need an Ezenwa. It’s a competition and it doesn’t matter whether one plays for Deportivo B team or Enyimba…but just like Enyeama proved himself in 2002, a repeat may happen at this Mundial.

  • U don try

  • Efosa Osazemwinde 3 years ago

    It is a welcoming development.
    God bless super eagles of Nigeria

  • Definetely preparing a team to win the 2022 WC, What a way to start

  • Adeyemi 3 years ago

    Rohr said players who played in the qualifiers will play in World Cup

    why is ezenwa not starting

  • Adeyemi 3 years ago

    so ezenwa is no longer first choice abi

  • My brother…if na confidence and defence coordination an Ezenwa is better. The world cup is a major competition where the best of the best are used….for me it isn’t a breeding ground. Players for next generations are usually brought in during the Last group game most especially when teams already have secured their fate. For me Super Eagles have a better Ezenwa and an upcoming Uzoho. Wise stuff is if Ezenwa continue with the stuff he showed then by now he would have improved. I still remember the early beginning of Enyeama. A word is enough for the wise if not we pray Liverpool’s experience at the UEFA finals won’t be out potion.

  • BALORX 3 years ago

    uzoho is better than ezenwa and he has advanteges over ezenwa because of his height and calmness which rohr prefers in a goalkeeper.if someone didnt tell you uzoho is 19yrs old will you believe?because he look matured

  • Uzoho’s choice as Eagles no 1 should applauded and encouraged given his young age and his imposing height. The decision of Rohr to give Uzoho the nod ahead of Ezenwa and Akpeyi stem from the weaknesses of the two goalkeepers. While Ezenwa qualified us for w cup his shortcomings in aerial duel was exposed against Algeria in the dead rubber game, Akpeyi’s lack of confidence in big games explains the choice of the young Francis Uzoho in goal.Dele Ajiboye is another goalkeeper who could have given the three a run for the 1st team place but his limited number of games in Eagles colour was his a chile’s heel.

  • previous coaches refused to scout for your when eyeama was about 30 years old. Thanks to Rohr for Uzoho

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Gernot Rohr makes his decisions with teutonic rationality. If Ezenwa is better in between the sticks believe me he would be number one. So if he’s picked Uzoho then he surely merits it.