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Uzoho Keeps Clean Sheet On Return For Elche

Uzoho Keeps Clean Sheet On Return For Elche

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho made a remarkable comeback from injury after a month out on Sunday keeping a clean sheet for his La Liga Segunda side, Elche in their goalless draw at home to Sporting Gijon reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

It was his third clean sheet in four La Liga Segunda games for Elche though Uzoho has conceded five league goals in the Spanish second-tier division.


Uzoho missed Elche’s last four games after suffering a concussion a month ago and two international games for the Super Eagles against South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers and Uganda in a friendly.

He made three outstanding saves against Sporting Gijon to earn his side a point from the encounter at the Martinez Valero stadium.

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The 20-year-old denied Carlos Carmona a goal in the seventh minute of the encounter when he saved his goal-bound shot.

In the 21st minute, the Deportivo La Coruna loanee was also called into action in the 55th minute when he parried Cristian Salvador’s point-blank header for a corner.

With this draw, Elche have now gone six league matches without a win in fixtures against Cadiz (5-1), Las Palmas (0-0), Alcoron (0-1), Albacete (0-1) and Cordoba (1-1) and Sporting Gijon 0-0.

Uzoho made his Super Eagles debut against Argentina in a pre-World Cup friendly in November 2017 and has featured in 12 games conceding 12 goals and keeping five clean sheets.

By Johnny Edward

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  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    We are happy you are back. Keep it up. ASCON is here in the summer 2019

  • This guy is a work in progress. GR should be commended for discovering him and believing in him. He’ll develop into a formidable goal tender for the

  • Is the future of Super Eagles goal post in safe hands with Francis Uzoho?

    The simple answer is yes. To back up this assertion, I present my points, claims and conclusion below.

    My Points:

    -He has played in the world cup.

    -In fact, he has been in two world cup squads at different levels.

    -He responded well to being “thrown in the deep end”.

    -He has experienced highs and lows.

    -He plays in a highly developed and well managed league.

    -He has the support of his coaches, fans and other senior stakeholders

    -He is young and can only get better

    My Claims:

    My claims are that because Uzoho has played in the world cup, against some of the best players on the planet; that experience will serve him well in seasons to come. Also, the support he receives form fans and his coaches will boost his confidence and make him a better goalkeepers.

    Other claims of mine are that having experienced the highs of being the number one for his country and club at a young age and the lows of conceding a lot of goals in a recent club match, the range of emotions that came with that and how he managed to balance these can only be good for his resilience – something that world class goalkeepers need to have.

    The number one criticism levelled against Akpeyi is that he looks jittery, lack confidence and doesn’t inspire assurance. For someone to have been thrown into the deep end like Uzoho, who went from nowhere to be asked to keep out Modric and Messi at the biggest stage of all; he handled the situation excellently! Never for once did he look fazed by the magnitude of the tasks before him.

    This guy is a star in the making.

    My Conclusion:

    Factors have conspired to hand over the number one position to Uzoho; he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

    Judging by the way he has conducted himself thus far coupled with the skills he continues to acquire and the support he continues to enjoy from all quarters, Uzoho has what it takes to be the undisputed number one of the Super Eagles for seasons to come.

    • I can only concur. There are some players who are wired to grab opportunities given to them and make it hard for them to be ignored. With our current squad (and recent call ups) this is seen with Uzoho, Aina, Ajayi, Collins, Agu, Onyekuru, Kalu, Chukwueze, all of who have made it almost unthinkable for them not to be called up once a squad is named when they are fit. And to a lesser extent Osimhen and even lesser extent Success.

      Contrast with the opportunity spurned by Nwakali against Liberia after his excellent outing for the Super eagles B team against Athletico Madrid

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        I don’t think Nwakali spurn any opportunity. He may be struggling at his club at the moment, but I’m sure once he start getting game time at club level he will be one of the first names in our midfield. There are ups and downs in football, the likes of Ebuehi are still in the mix when fully fit. Likewise Joel Obi, Musa Muhammad and some other upcoming talents The current SuperEagles doesn’t have any automatic call up once you’re playing regularly for your club in a competitive league you will definitely get a call up.

        • Yes club form has probably affected his mental state, his hunger. When a player is struggling it manifests in a lot of ways.

          NONE of our players are doing well at Porto. Not Nwakali, not Awaziem and not Musa Yahaya. I think they all need to find a “home”. Awaziem wants a loan back to Nantes, Yahaya is looking for a January loan move, I think Nwakali needs a move too.

          The good thing about it it’s they are all young, under 22 bit they need to act quickly if they are to regain their spot in the minds of the coaches.
          A player that doesn’t do well with the opportunity given could take up to a year to be given another opportunity (see Agu, Osimhen etc) such is the quality of players out there that the competition is hotting up

        • Funny enough, I see more of him on Instagram than I do on the football pitch these days. Video chatting with female fans whilst eating food. Look up Nwakali25 on Instagram.

          I’m guessing he needs to take a leaf out of Isaac Success book and put so.e extra work in on the training ground

  • Nwakali hasn’t made good use of the window of opportunity offered to him at the time.

    Someone once said to me that:’ if you are offered the opportunity of a lifetime, it is better you take it within the lifetime of that opportunity’.

    Nwakali’s dwindling form did not allow him to maximize the opportunity he was given at the time.

    Like Ayphills touched on, other opportunities will open up but things to consider will be: 1) will other players have cemented themselves in that position? 2) will Rohr be in the mood to experiment 3) will he do enough to be considered a serious contender for the 2019 Afcon?

    Failing to make best use of the most recent opportunity afforded Nwakali could be a set-back that will take some time for him to overcome.

    • Bomboy 3 years ago

      Answer to question 3 (“will he do enough to be considered a serious contender for the 2019 Afcon?”: NO

      The 2019 AFCON bus is full and waiting for the driver to take off. Those who played in the qualifiers are getting better and refusing to give up their spaces for new comers.

      Nwakali may be ready for the 2021 AFCON, but not the 2019 edition.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    Very enlightened debates folks. Many thanks to you all.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Hmmmmmm, I think talking like this is a mistake. Who knows tomorrow? Absolutely nobody. Who thought Ahmed Musa would shine like 7 stars in Russia? How about Uzoho? Who thought of him to be no1 goalkeeper in Russia ahead of Enzewa?

    Sorry ooo my people, what I’m seeing may be different to yours because God is not human.

    For these reasons, Nwakeli might be the first name on the Afcon list because God is unpredictable. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • In your dreams

    • Although there is a lot of football to be played between now and May (end of the season) and anything can happen to change his fortunes, it will not happen if he does not get playing time. As it is, half of the season has gone already (August to December) he has played only six matches (280 minutes of football), no goals, no assists and has only played one full match all season (the first match) and 16 minutes of football in the whole of November and no, he has not been injured.

      It will need a complete turnaround of fortune for him to have a good second half of the season. This will take a lot of hardwork, maybe a change in fortune and a lot of discipline in order to help God (or heaven) to help him. I am one of the first to wish him a fantastic change in fortune, but rather than wish and pray, I’ll advise him to knuckle down and grab any chance that comes his way with both hands.

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Hahahahahha….na only nwakali go be the first name of the list…??? Wat of Mutiu Adepoju…??? LMAO.
      Shebi God is unpredictable, pls next time wen you want to cross a freeway….dont look left or right before you cross….just enter road anyhow…and you will see the ‘unpredictability’ of God face-to-face….LOLz

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    And where are the people who claim to ‘know football’ here, as well as their social media scavenging houseboys…??? Are their mouths too big to come and congratulate this young hardworking boy for recovering from a 4 week injury layoff to reclaim a starting shirt and even post another clean sheet…??? Ooohh…..they’ve not finished eating the humble pie the young man keeps serving them game after game. He even got another MVP nomination in the process…His 2nd in less than 10 games….and its not even middle of the season yet. At this rate he will end up being the best goalie in the segunda division by the end of the season. If it is news that he conceeded 5 goals now you will see them crawl out of their holes to remind us of how Ojukwu slapped George Bush and how Idi Amin was rude to Sepp Blatter.
    If your ‘knowing football’ has not made you see this boy becoming an African goalkeeping great in future…then I pray may you never know football.
    The beauty of it all is that he’s still got 15 solid years of top football in him.