Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Peterside Idah, has rated Francis Uzoho as currently the Super Eagles’ best goalie, but states that the AC Omonia player needs regular playing time to remain the national team’s number one for a long time, Completesports.com reports
Speaking recently as a guest at Abuja All Stars annual tournament draw, Idah who is aspiring to become the next president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, says Uzoho has some good qualities that can develop him more if he gets featured regularly at his club and the Super Eagles.
“I saw Uzoho at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a young goalkeeper and I must say he impressed. He was fantastic facing the likes of Messi and Aguero and doing well. It’s a gradual process which was slowed by a long time injury that cost his spot as number one at both club and national team,” Idah stated.
“Uzoho is currently our number one and I think he should be given regular games to hold on tight for a long time as Super Eagles safest hands. He is good at cutting out crosses and commanding in his goal areas. In the past, we have goalkeepers like Enyeama who is very good on one on one, Shorunnmu who reads the game well and the late Agbonavbare who is too good aerially.”
Idaho added: “The national team coaches would do well to give Uzoho a run of games to build his confidence and he can only get better and big clubs in Europe will come for his signature.
“He is only 22 years old and I believe before he is 27, we shall see the best of him,” Idah who would not be drawn into comparing Uzoho and Maduka Okoye concluded.
The Supersport pundit also frowned at the proliferation of the Super Eagles’ squad with Nigerian players in diaspora adding that home grown players have different game mentality and have more of the Nigerian ‘never say die’ spirit.”
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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