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Rohr: Uzoho Has Edge But No Final Decision On Super Eagles No.1

Rohr: Uzoho Has Edge But No Final Decision On Super Eagles No.1

By Adeboye Amosu:

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has stated that young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has a little  edge over his two other rivals for the goalkeeping position, but admitted that he is yet to make up his mind on who will be in goal for the team in Saturday’s Group D fixture against Croatia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


Youngster Francis Uzoho has started the Super Eagles’ last five games and and is seen by many as the successor to Carl Ikeme who will not be in Russia due to health concerns.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in goal in four of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying games, while Daniel Akpeyi was involved in one.

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But Rohr insisted the position is still up for grabs with the duo of  Ezenwa and Akpeyi still hoping to dislodge the youngster.

“We have three good goalkeepers and the competition is open, although at the moment, Francis Uzoho has a little advantage,” Rohr told Argentine online news outlet Ole.com.ar.

“There’s a lot of pressure on him, but  we’ll see him in the next few days of training.”

Nigeria’s opening game against the Croats will be at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

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  • Theophilus 3 years ago

    I trust you to do what is best Gernot Rohr, we still have few more days before our first match.. Please, play the most in-form goalkeeper regardless of past records. UP EAGLES…. Ebuehi Balogun Ekong Idowu Ogu Ndidi Mikel Iwobi Iheanacho Ighalo… Nigeria will win against Croatia and Iceland with these squad… Best of luck

  • _Uzoho: from Obscurity to Stardom_

    With a coach as loyal as a father, all Alampansu needed to do was to find somewhere, no matter the level of the league, to play football more regularly; and all Akpeyi needed was to avoid high profile errors, then Uzoho perhaps will not be where he is today.

    Big, tall, imposing, confident-looking ever-improving with a growing army of fans, Uzoho – in the last few months -has taken full advantage of the factors that appear to have handed the number one spot in the palm of his hands and he is no mood to let this opportunity slip out of his fingers.

    With history in his sights and responsibilities on his shoulders, Uzoho will be hoping that coach Rohr continues to invest faith in him as Nigeria’s number.

    Debate has moved away from whether or not he is best hands that Nigeria can offer.

    It is now whether or not the young man will rise to the biggest occasion of all.

    For that, we will only have to wait and see.

    • Deo you always make me proud in each words that come from you please send me your number i need to learn from you bro

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Uzoho is the undisputed first choice having started and completed recent games played by the eagles.
    However the gaffer is playing mind game by not revealing the first choice goal tender for the super eagles.
    Having said that,Uzoho needs to improve behind the sticks.Though has posted good performances lately for the team but not good enough to cement his position as the undisputed first choice.

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    I think Uzoho should work more on communicating with the defenders..He’s the best fit and a sure starter

  • Lord CCC 3 years ago

    There is a level of consistency he as shown(Uzoho) No doubt be will improve with the tournament. The team as well as undergone series of reforms. Its now clear to them that ni one has landed automatic spot which is good for the team. Check records u would have noticed that when ever SE win in their friendlies before any tournament, they always crash out before arrival. The coach has done a lot of exeperiment during the course of preparation and pls do not take this ones for granted. This group have got one thing that might be a determinant factor HUNGER for success and calmness in the camp. We have never had it this way in past. Don’t write them off yet. Support This team and u will not be disappointed. SE all the way

  • Pls Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the man that we Trust he can man our goal lost well in fact he is the one that Qualified Nigeria for this world cup so let him continues he is very fast and Adopting well to our defence ‘we all have see how Uzoh man our post in our three friendlies so pls let’s be wise .