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Shorunmu: Uzoho Has Started Well But Can Get Better

Shorunmu: Uzoho Has Started Well But Can Get Better

By Adeboye Amosu

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has hailed Francis Uzoho for his impressive performance start to his national team career and reckons he can still get better with time but warned against putting the youngster under too much pressure ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.


Uzoho survived a nervy start to post a fine showing in the 1-0 win against Poland in last Friday’s friendly international at the Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw.

That followed another impressive performance on  his debut game for the Super Eagles against two-time world champions Argentina last November.

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The young goalie now look certain to make Gernot Rohr’s  squad to the mundial  and Shorunmu who represented Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan has warned against placing too much responsibilities on his shoulder.

“The boy (Uzoho) has done well in the two games he featured in and I’m impressed with his performance,” the year 2000  Africa Nations Cup silver medalist told Completesportsnigeria. com.

“But it is important not to put him under too much  pressure as he is still young and has a lot to learn. I believe he will become much better with time.”

With regular number one Carl Ikeme already ruled out of Russia 2018 on health grounds, the fight for the goalkeeping position now look like a straight fight between Uzoho and Enyimba’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa who did well during the qualifiers.

Shorunmu however refused to stick out his neck and stated that decision on who should be between the sticks rest with Rohr.

“The head coach is in  better position to decide that, not people from outside the team,” he added.

” I bet it is not going to be an easy decision but  he is paid well to make good decisions for the team. “

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  • Is this double talk? I don’t understand some of our retired footballers: Enyeama should not be invited, he is rusty; Uzoho is doing well, but is too young; Ezenwa has no international exposure bla bla bla. What do they want? How will someone gain experience without trying his hands at something?

  • Austin ejide is our only answer…take it or leave it he is d best Naija get at moment

  • Enyeama has started featuring for lille. I hope he get called up

  • Debbie 3 years ago

    If this is exactly what Shorounmu said then he sounded confused. What is her definition of too much responsibility? If you are canvassing for Ezenwa (who might not be a better option between the two) then make your point clearly and let us know exactly where you stand.

  • Debbie 3 years ago

    Enyeama might still be the fi am joker for the team at the end of the day. For those who think he has committed unforgivable offence, their position might not be healthy for the team. In the next two years the likes of Uzoho and Earns a will hopefully be ready for the big stage. But is we have an Enyeama that is fit, then it is no brainer. The only challenge is that Rohr must to be able to negotiate roles correctly because he cannot come to displace Mikel as the captain presently. If Enyeama is called upon and he still thinks he should be the captain then he should simply back off.

  • Debbie 3 years ago