Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho will make a return to action for Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta in a league game against Alki Oroklini on Monday after he was cleared by the country’s soccer authority, Completesports.com.
Uzoho joined Anorthosis on loan in January from Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruna, but was later found guilty of playing with an invalid health certificate against Apollon Limassol on his debut for the Blue White on February 2.
The 20-year-old was subsequently suspended for a game and fined €1,000 for appearing for Jurgen Streppel’s men with unauthorised paperwork while his club was imposed with a nine-point deduction.
However, after an appeal, the youngster was cleared of wrongdoing but the nine-point deduction from Anorthosis was upheld.
Uzoho missed three league games while the appeal process was on and couldn’t feature in Anorthosis’ last three games as he waited the issuance of his health certificate.
According to a report in goal.com.cy, Uzoho has been issued a valid health certificate and will be between the sticks against Alki on Monday.
Capped 12 times by Nigeria, Uzoho played all three matches as the Super Eagles exited the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.
In October 2017, he became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga and marked a memorable Deportivo La Coruna debut with a clean sheet.
Uzoho was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 U-17 FIFA World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament.
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By Adeboye Amosu