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Uzoho: I’m Almost Back From Injury

Uzoho: I’m Almost Back From Injury

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has revealed that he is almost back to full fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee ligament injury, reports Completesports.com.

Uzoho, 20, suffered the injury after the hour mark during Nigeria’s 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil in Singapore last October and had to be carried off on a stretcher.


‘I am feeling better. I can kick ball now unlike before. I am 6 months gone in my 8 months recovery period, I just need to work on my strength and in 2 months , I will be back fully,”Uzoho said on live chats via Instagram.

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Capped 16 times by Nigeria, he played all three matches as the Super Eagles were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.

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He made a solitary appearance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup in the win over Tunisia as the West African nation sealed a third place finish in Egypt.

Uzoho is on loan at Cypriot outfit Omonia Nicosia from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna.

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  • Although, only a raving lunatic will attribute anything remotely positive to the coronavirus virus epidemic that is currently ravaging the global community, one thing is for sure: the pause placed on international football is something of a blessing in disguise for Super Eagles number one goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

    You see, just when the 21 year old goal-minder – who has recently come out to admonish the mockery made of his age by some Super Eagles supporters across social media platforms – was regaining his number one slot snatched by Daniel Akpeyi, injury struck in the friendly match against Brazil on 13 October 2019 whilst posting powerful performances aimed at pressing home the point that he had no intentions of loosing his grip on the number one position for some time yet.

    But sadly, he landed awkwardly on his knee with sight as painful to watch as it was being felt by the 2018 World Cup participant. Uzoho would be out for at least 6 months after damaging his knee ligament.

    It is also not inconceivable to add another 2 months to that, give-or-take, for enhanced convalescence to reduce the possibility for a relapse.

    In that time, Uzoho would have missed no less than 4 – 6 national team assignments; enough games for another net-minder to usurp the Cyprus-based gollie.

    In Uzoho’s absence, the following are happening: Akpeyi’s career for club and has shown remarkable resurgence seeing him win several individual awards with spellbinding performances and deft saves. Maduka Okoye made his Super Eagles debut and was even recalled at times for his main club in the German Bundesliga. A little-known former under 17 goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye is making waves in the Isreali division 2 with breathtakingly beautiful displays and on the cusp of leading his club’s turbo charge to division 1. Others like Sebastian Osigwe, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and even Dele Alampasu have relentlessly made moves to bring themselves back into reckoning.

    However, the halting of football activities under the current atmosphere has bought Uzoho much needed time and breathing space. By the time football resumes, he should be in the fray to mount a far favourable challenge at regaining his number one position for the national team (currently held by the much maligned, widely criticised Daniel Akpeyi).

    I get the sense that that position is still very much up for grabs – this condition has created a somewhat level playing field for contenders and pretenders alike.

  • In granting the interview referenced in the article above, Francis (the fox) Uzoho joins a long list of former and current Super Eagles stars using this opportunity of limited football activities to share their thoughts with teeming fans.

    Some of these interviews have thrown up rather odd headlines – from the sale of the 1994 Super Eagles match against Italy to the rebuttal of Iwobi from an inconsistent to an unpredictable player (six of one or half a dozen of the other if you ask me ‘Lol’).

    However, mild mannered Uzoho used this opportunity to provide an update on his injury situation thereby calming the nerves of those who cannot wait for this saviour to return and deliver us from the calamity many see Akpeyi to be – a view not shared by me though.

    Nonetheless, I rate Uzoho highly indeed and was pleased to hear him say: “I am feeling better. I can kick ball now unlike before. I am 6 months gone in my 8 months recovery period, I just need to work on my strength and in 2 months , I will be back fully.”

    Equally heavy on the mind of the 21 year old world cup winner (at under 17) is the issue about his age.”It’s very embarrassing when your fellow countrymen make insinuating remarks about the age of the young man defending the honour of the nation,” said Uzoho movingly.

    “I was smallish back then in 2013 when I participated in the World Cup with the U17 National team. I later went to Aspire Academy, where I learned a lot.

    My looks and body build changed when I started using the Gym and was working out seriously.” He lamented.

    Allegations of age cheating has dogged Nigerian football as far back as cocks have been crowing at dawn.

    However, with FIFA introducing MRI screening for under 17 world cup players in 2013, players like Uzoho have had stonger cases to refute such allegations because their participation at the tournament can be taken as proof of their age.