Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has sent one of the team’s goalkeeper trainers, Pionetti Enrico, to Spain to help keep young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in shape ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation revealed in a press release on Sunday.
Enrico, who came into the Nigeria fold ahead of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Benin Republic six months ago, arrived in Spain penultimate weekend.
Uzoho was reserve goalkeeper as Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, and won his first senior cap in a friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar in November last year where he obviously impressed Rohr.
Super Eagles’ goalkeeping situation ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia is far from ideal, with Carl Ikeme still undergoing treatment for acute leukemia and Vincent Enyeama unlikely to return from retirement.
Uzoho has kept 10 clean sheets out of 14 matches for the Deportivo La Coruna B squad this term and showed tremendous confidence and agility in the Eagles’ come-from-behind defeat of reigning world vice champions Argentina.