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Uzoho Makes History In Super Eagles Win Versus Iceland

Uzoho Makes History In Super Eagles Win Versus Iceland

By Adeboye Amosu

Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho made history as the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a FIFA World Cup game after helping the Super Eagles beat 2-0 at the Volgograd Arena on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


Uzoho made a number of vital saves in the game as the Super Eagles bounced back from the 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their first game in the competition.

It was the first time he will be keeping a clean sheet after conceding in his previous four outings for Nigeria.

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“19y 237d – Francis Uzoho is the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in World Cup history, older only than Li Chan-Myong (19y 198d) who famously shut-out Italy in 1966. Trusted,” reads a tweet on Twitter handle of Opta Sports’ football coverage (Opta Joe).

The former junior international also holds the record as the youngest ever foreign goalkeeper to debut in the Spanish La Liga after starting in Deportivo La Coruna’s 0-0 draw against SD Eibar in a league game at the age of 18 years and 352 days, on October 15, 2017.

He has been capped eight times on the international scene by Nigeria.

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  • Uzoho is a very sound and intelligent Goalkeeper. Infact , it appears he is going to be between the sticks for the Super Eagles for a Decade, all things being equal.

  • Naija Man 3 years ago

    While everybody was busy celebrating our 2nd goal, IGHALO was seen in the video whispering something to Rohr. I hope there is no some back door arrangements between the 2? Ighalo should watch the next game from the bench. There are other Forwards in the team who are much more better than him. I saw Simy Nwankwo, Iwobi, Ezenwa etc all jubilating but Ighalo was on the side of Rohr whispering some words to his ears. We need to know what is happening between the two.

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 3 years ago

      Everybody knows that Ighalo bribed this couch with huge amount of money. 8 matches played by Ighalo with out a single goal to show for it. What does that tell you. for today, Thank you our own MUSA of Nigeria. Allah Bless you.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Congratulations Uzoho. You did very well. Concerning Ighalo, I saw that scene too. There must be something behind both of them. Guys, what we did after Croatia match that made Coach Rohr changed his mind to switched to 3-5-2,

    We are going to do the same thing to Ighalo and the coach too if we must go far in this world cup. Ighalo must be benched. What is the purpose of having Simy in the squad?

    This Simy is better than Ighalo. We needed is service. We must voice out. CSN, over to you. Please, deliver our messages to Mr. Rohr.
    God bless Nigeria!!!

    • @Omo9ja, @Edoman of New Jersey, USA,@Naija Man,
      I have alerted the SE fans that something fishy is going on behind the scene between Igalo and Rohr. I saw when he was conferring with Rohr after Musa slammed in the second goal. While everyone was rejoicing, there was no spec of joy on his face. If Rohr has soiled his hands and has gone into an unholy alliance with Igalo to act as a spoiler, let him be warned that the truth cannot be submerged for ever. It will surely float to the surface to be seen by everybody. It doesn’t need a crystal gazer to discern that Igalo is a spoiler for the Nigerian cause. Never too late for him to retrace his steps. Bench Igalo if we are to make a headway in this competition.

  • matsho 3 years ago

    Naija! Do u know whether he was begging the coach to allow him play a little part in the game since we are already leading by two goals ?Musa was our hero but don’t forget that Musa was among the players some believed have no business in the team.Whether good or bad I believe these boys want to win but football can sometimes be funny.We didn’t play a lone striker yesterday.We are not playing against Africans,the coach should stop playing a lone striker upfront.
    On Uzoho,those who are critisicing him over Ezenwa never noticed his height.Germans and Italians always like tall goalkeepers. That was why even Berti Vogt preferred Ejide to Enyeama when he coached.
    Appreciate everybody for our criticism but at the same time let’s that these boys too love Nigeria and they want to win.

  • u guys should observe very well, I guess they were trying to bring him on…before Musa scored.. so I think he was asking the coach if need be for him to still come on.

  • The Problem is not Ighalo but the system the coach deployed… If Musa or Kelechi was played as a lone striker it would have been the same problem. Do u guys ever care to see ighalo’s work rate anytime he plays, even if he doesn’t score he works for the team.

  • Ighalo is very selfish !!…I notice his lack of jubilation when musa scored the goal , that was totally uncalled for .He felt that musa has taken his position for good , that was why he refused to back heel the ball to Iwoji who was in a better position to make it three goals ,when he did ,knowing he can’t score ,it was too late , the Icelanders have taken better position to block his shot .Now that we have gotten our best system and combinations ,Ighalo should henceforth be benched and let try simy next !!

  • Uzoho has been good for us and his composure is good. I was worried after the goal from England’s football team captain Harry Kane that he doesn’t know how to keep low ball but after the shot stopped by him during Iceland, he has improved.

    My only concern now is penalty kicks. He is really bad. In all the penalty kicks, he has always dived the wrong way.

    Don’t we have a goal keeper trainer there, are Super Eagles players not seeing that he is not that good. Can’t them help train him. Is the coach not seeing this things. I wonder why we keep getting repeated events when we have more than 40men in that team.

    I train players as a coach and technical adviser to some boards, and I can’t fathom why a dedicated trainer can’t be assigned to teach Uzoho how to keep penalty. If he already has then it is a mental thing not about the physical.

    In addition, I keep saying this thing, we need a psychologist in that team. There is nothing like they are mature men or that kind of excuses. We need someone who can talk to them one on one and get there fears out. We don’t need 2022 to be ready for World Cup!

    There is no special team in the World Cup, it is just how much you want it.