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Uzoho Set Fresh Targets After World Cup Experience

Uzoho Set Fresh Targets After World Cup Experience

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho is looking forward to a new chapter in his career after making his debut appearance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Uzoho was in goal for Nigeria in all of their three group games against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina, kept just one clean sheet and conceded four goals.

The 19 year old made six important saves for Nigeria’s Super Eagles during the tournament.

“I learn from the past, but never sit down thinking about the past. A new season so will a new chapter in my career begin.FORZA DEPOR IN CHRIST ALONE,” Uzoho tweeted on Monday.

Uzoho has made nine international appearances for the Super Eagles keeping two clean sheets since he made a second half debut for the Three time African Champions in their 4-2 win over Argentina in Krassnodar last November.

He is expected to rejoin his Spanish Segunda team Deportivo La Coruna for pre-season in the coming days.

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  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Sad a country where 3rd or 4th division players will be representing a nation of over 180million. Average set up indeed

  • This was what I once said that a certain Dr Drey made me his enemy for life. The way the guy rained insult on me, you would think I was the only Nigerian that expressed this kind of sentiment, but here you have it!

    To repeat what the other guy said: “Sad a country where 3rd or 4th division players will be representing a nation of over 180 million. Average set up indeed”

    I will go further to say it goes to show how inept, incompetent and useless Rohr and his team are that they could not identify suitable goalkeepers, creative midfielders and ruthless strikers to guarantee a memorable tournament for Nigeria in Russia.



    • Birikiti 3 years ago

      Well Spanish 3rd division is largely better than NPFL (IMHO) and it was from NPFL that Vincent Enyeama went to the 2002 World Cup. He grew from there to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world. So, who says that this experience won’t stand Uzoho in good stead and help him blossom into a world class goal tender?

      Patience, Nigerians patience!

      • Birikiti, thank you for your entry. I actually think that Uzoho did well at the world cup and he is definitely one for the future (not if Alapamsu has something to say about that – he would still believe that Uzoho took what belongs to him).

        My argument is that I felt very uncomfortable with Rohr for not finding and taking a more older, mature goalkeeper to this world cup.

        • Birikiti 3 years ago

          I understand bro but you’ll agree that injuries and football politics did him in. Ikeme down with leukemia, Enyeama out with knee injury plus the fact that Ejide was silently declared persona non grata were the main issues Rohr faced in the goalkeeping department.

          Also the lack of match fitness for Alampasu and Emmanuel Daniel forced his hands on Uzoho’s matter. Ezenwa and Akpeyi were just too jittery and jumpy to give a good fight.

          Like you said, I expect Alampasu to come back stronger seeing his colleague hold his own on the world stage. I also expect another 2 – 3 years of active participation from Ikeme post full recovery. Things can only look up from here!

    • Mr Ashy..I am directing this statement straight to you..so coz we are 180 million people automatically we should be churning out world class players in all areas of the pitch…what makes football different from the rubbish going on in the other sectors in the country..countries like Uruguay, and croatia are 3.5 mil and 4 mil approximately..d city of Lagos is over 20 million but only represented by MFM in NPL..so my dear,This is Nigeria..

      • Nkem, Uzoho had a fantastic tournament by all standards.

        The focus of my contribution is not Uzoho but coach Rohr who selected the “young” Uzoho only to appear to blame the “youthful” nature of his team as partly the reason for low expectations leading to the tournament.

        If you (Gernot Rohr) select a “19 year old” because you believe he is as good as any goalkeeper in the tournament and because you believe his inclusion will guarantee “success” for Nigeria, then let us know.

        Young players make a difference in World Cups (like Pele and Mbappe and many other young players).

        And we can see from the case of Uzoho, young players can have decent tournaments. Uzoho had fantastic critical acclaim in Russia.

        But when you have a coach who selects a “young squad” and then tag them as “ambitious outsiders” I think that smacks of inferiority complex and low morale.

        We didn’t want Rohr’s “ambitious outsiders”, we wanted “potential quarter finalists”. Thus, if the selection of a more mature set of players would have guaranteed that, then he should have look for more mature players rather than players that he would use as a ready-made excuse for failure.

    • Name the capable goalkeepers.Knock yourself out naming them…typical nigerian mentality..we have players on the street,we have players in each bending corner..so we should carry street players and go to the world cup because they are ‘talented’…you see the rubbish going in the glass house after the Mundial and you are saying capable…don’t mention capable tagged with anything Nigeria ever again

      • Nkem, Nigeria is a land flowing in milk and honey. Sadly, some selfish elements have sought to keep all that milk and honey to themselves.

        I will not use capable to describe us, I will use exemplary!

        We have fantastic human resources who are sadly wasting away because of poor management, selfishness and lack of strategic planning.

        Go all over the world and you will see Nigerian doctors, accountants teachers etc enriching the economy of other countries while a lot of talents are wasting away at home.

        My brother, back to football, Rohr selected Uzoho. He should have come out to tell us that he believes Uzoho is capable of propelling Nigeria to great heights “NOW” not in 2022!

        Uzoho, by the way, had a great tournament but – go and write this down somewhere – he will face fierce competition to retain his place as Nigeria’s number one.

        The likes of Alapamsu Emmanuel Daniel and even Bala Yusuf Mohammed will give him a run for his money in months to come.

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Every time I log on this site, it is in the hope of finding out two things:

    i) That the trouble maker Giwa has been sent packing from the NFF seat he took by force and has been given a LIFE BAN by FIFA

    ii) Rohr has been sacked and replaced with a more ambitious and technically efficient coach.

    Until then, I will keep reading your comments (both the ones I agree with and the ones I strongly disagree with).

  • Sureseye 3 years ago

    @Bomboy, you make me laugh so hard! Hahaha

  • Leave Bomboy alone, the poor chap is still grieving.
    Incidentally , I watched the Nigeria Vs Argentina match again just this evening to assess the match for future analysis on this and other forums thinking the dust had settled; it hadn’t. still hurts like yesterday.
    For the life of me, I don’t know why Rohr didn’t remove Ighalo for Ogu for more bodies in midfield to shut the game out with 10 minutes to go.

    Leave Bomboy alone, he will get over it, maybe just not yet.

    • I don’t have a coaching licence, but I bet even I would have done better than Rohr. Does he know the meaning of the term “pack the bus?”
      Even a fresh-legged Onazi would have staked his life to shut off Argentina. It hurts so much.

  • Ikponmwosa Ayewoh 3 years ago

    It is sad that we fail to understand that the best Nigeria Super Eagles had achieved in the past was done as a results of continuity and consistency.Lets look at Clement Westerhof 1989 – 1994.He was employed after the death of Samuel Okwarajie, could not qualify us for Italian 1990 FIFA WORLD CUP but we qualified for African Cup of Nations Algiers 90,after we lost the first game 5 – 1 again host Nation Algeria. The Super Eagles finished in the runners up position lost to Algeria 1 – 0. In Senegal 1992 the Super Eagles finished in third position.The call for Westerhof’s sack and appointment of another coach took center stage.It took the coach going directly to Rear Admire Augustus Aikhomu who was the number 2 man in Nigeria. He supported him and insisted Westerhof remains as coach of Nigeria.In 1993 Westerhof qualified us for our first ever world cup USA 94.and also qualified us for AFCON 1994 Which Nigeria won in Tunisia.At the end of 1994 Nigeria was having one of the strongest team in African. After Westerhof left Bonfere Jo Westerhof’s assistant was appointed. This brought about continuity we did not go to South Africa 1996 to defend the AFCON Title because of political interferance but that same year we won Olympic gold in the football event Atlanta Olympics 1996.
    Lets give Gernor Rohr more time to build a team for 2022 world cup ,2019 and 2021 AFCON.Lets not also forget that the last time we participated in a Nations Cup was in 2013. We’ve missed out in the 2015 and 2017 Afcon. Qatar 2022 starts now.

    • We wanted to go to this world cup to at least reach the second round and then see what happens. That was the ambition of Nigerian fans but Rohr’s “ambitious outsiders” as he puts it, had their sight on 2022 and crashed out early.

      The guy will go anyway because I don’t think the NFF will be in a position to sustain his wages.

      Before the world cup, the guy was over paid anyway.

  • Pls we should try and learn to appreciate what we have. Remember for the past 4 years our indeginous coaches could not even qualify us to the nations cup. Remember this was the same campaign that was going on in 2014, keshi should be sack. Oliseh should take over what did we achieve from Oliseh? To come and scatter our team that won us 2013 nations cup. Pls believe me or not, Rohr is 100% better than any of our indeginous coach. Nigeria was not the only african team that could not qualify frm the group stage. Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia where not better than us but they are still maintaining their coaches . Both the coach and players have learn frm their mistakes. No one is above mistake. Pls let us allow Rohr to continue. This man was able to qualify us frm a very difficult group to this world cup, what if he has fail to qualify us to the world cup? This man need time to discorver more players 4 us and also to understand our players. He need our support. Try and appreciate him. Morocco do not crusify Mr. Renard even if he fail.

    • Ability 3 years ago

      Low Self Esteem Is affecting you,how can u say that rohr is better than siasia, ur rohr that just made substitution at 87mins despite loosing a match, yhu dnt use d SUPER EAGLES to learn n note they r paying d man huge sum of money.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

      Gbam! Our football nosedived spectacularly after the AFCON triumph in 2013. At least Westerhoff antecedents in 1994 went on to win Africa its first ever Olympic gold in football. It’s not a shame to lose narrowly to Croatia and Argentina.

    • Elico, please allow me to respond to one of your points above. You said Rohr is 100 percent better than any of our indigenous coaches.

      Are you sure you actually mean 100%?

      You may want to revisit that assertion in its entirety because Rohr may be better than our local coaches in several aspects of coaching expertise, I don’t think he is 100% better in all aspects than our local coaches.

      I would still endorse a local coach supported by an experienced foreign deputy rather than the other way around.

      A local coach – I think – is best placed to discover raw talents (like Sunday Mba) and can actually get results as good as foreign coaches if given similar resources and climate to work.

      Someone once told me that “failure is an integral part of success”. A coach like Siasia is still young in coaching terms and should be able to tap into the lessons learnt from his previous coaching assignments to help make better decisions in future if the opportunity presents itself for him to coach Nigeria.

      Although coaching at U-17 levels does not prepare you for the challenges of coaching a senior national team, still, Coaches likes Many Garba and E. Amunike have shown sufficient promise to suggest that with the right support, guidance, tutelage and exposure, they could become decent senior team coaches in their own rights.

      Also between 2002 to 2014, local coaches – many of them were ex-players – qualified us for 6 African Cup of Nations and 3 world cup tournaments. In that 12 year, under the guidance of our own local coaches, we had 4 AFCON 3rd place finishes, 1 AFCON 1st place trophy and 1 round of 16 appearance at the world cup.

      The record of our local coaches in that reference period was not too bad; in fact, it was more impressive than many African countries could have hoped for.

      So, we not only have talented players, we also have coaches who are full of promise and potentials – in my view.

  • Chidi 3 years ago

    All this sack gr everyday is no longer funny can’t you guys see d positives n face the future,if u sack gr who r u going to hire as his replacement?even the siasia some of you r clamouring for has come out to voice for GR continuity,we do we expect to gain fro hire n sack?was GR jobless when we hired him?since his arrival SE is revolving to a super force na wa oooo common sense no common oo,other country’s have started planing for future competition while d nff is having admin issue some fans r clomouring for GR to be sacked instead of scouting for players to boost d current team

  • @Chidi,Aphilly,Elico and Ikponmwosa. …Super Eagles have only one coach and he is still very active. May be we should dance to their toon and assume that he has been sacked so that some people here will let us focus on another issue and move on from world cup errors that will soon be corrected. Oya my people….Bring on siasia,  ancelloti or Conte. Rohr has been sacked..Hurray! Case closed (I pray)

    • If only it were that easy….

      I am still trying to get over it but it hurts like crap and to think it all could have been avoided.

      Many months of anticipation, hope, faith and optimism just ended like that!

      It was not the early exit but the manner of it.

      Believe it or not, I still watch the 2:0 Nigeria Vs France match of 4 years ago with pride.

      For one, the team qualified for the 2nd round (my minimum requirement for Nigeria at world cup) but better still, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Emenike and Ambrose – all average players – played with belief and a sense of purpose but lost to the better team.

      But I can never wrap my head around Rohr’s approach at this world cup.

      But, as you are trying to encourage, time is a great healer and sooner or later, those of us who are angry and dissapoiment will have to get over it!

      This guy (Rohr) had grade a friendly matches, cash, freedom, you name it, yet he couldn’t mastermind a memorable tournament for me.

      E pain me o!