Rohr Replaces Injured Uzoho With Afelokhai

Rohr Replaces Injured Uzoho With Afelokhai

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has called up Enyimba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai as a replacement for the injured Francis Uzoho for the team’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa and an international friendly against Uganda this month, reports


Uzoho,20, is one of the three goalkeepers invited by Gernot Rohr for the Super Eagles’ next two games but he pulled out of the ties after he suffered a concussion while in action for Elche in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Cadiz.


Uzoho has been the first choice Nigeria goalkeeper since making his debut against Argentina in a pre-World Cup friendly in November 2017.


The Deportivo La Coruna loanee has played 12 times for the Super Eagles, conceding 12 goals and keeping five clean sheets but will sit out the next two games.


“Official: @EnyimbaFC’s shot-stopper Theophilus Afelokhai replaces injured @Uzohof for @NGSuperEagles 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against @BafanaBafana of South Africa #SoarSuperEagles #Afcon2019Q #Team9jaStrong #RSANGA,” a tweet from the Nigerian Football Federation revealed.


The 30-year-old, Afelokhai who has been Enyimba’s first choice goalkeeper this season is making a return to the senior national team for the first time in three years.


Afelokhai has been outstanding for Enyimba this season helping the two time CAF Champions League winners reach the semi-final of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup.


Rohr’s team lost the reverse fixture 2-0 last June at the Akwa Ibom international stadium and they will be hoping to avenge the loss at the FNB stadium on the 17th of November.


  • Dr. Drey 2 months ago

    Congrats bro. Pls make it count this time around. You are most likely going to start on the 17th, but make your invite count this time, so much so you will be given another in the nearest future.

  • Afelokhai will do well though i notices some of his weaknesses when he played against the moroccans. nevertheless he is far above the other invitees in Ezemwa and Akpeyi

  • Chairmanfemi 2 months ago

    This coach never seems to dissapoint. Nice call-up. He or Ezenwa should please take the No.1 spot that day not Akpeyi

  • Greenturf 2 months ago

    I hope everyone is happy now as the most clamoured goalkeeper in the country has the opportunity to fight for a place in the team.
    Apparently,there wouldn’t be a better choice.Afelokhai has been outstanding and has distinguished himself in the domestic league and continental tournaments with the peoples elephant Enyimba of Aba.His invitation is well deserving and I hope he makes the most of it.
    At least we have three experienced goalkeeper’s to choose from and whoever gets the nod to be between the sticks is expected to give us a great shift.
    Rohr is doing a good job the same wouldn’t be the case if our coach is Nigerian.
    God bless Nigeria!

  • I’m happy Rohr is beginning to listen to advice, next is to start omeruo and Ekong in defence.

  • Jensen Josh 2 months ago

    Good decision hope he gets to start,but pray he doesn’t flops like that of car confederations