Uzoho Shines In Segunda Debut For Elche; Musa, Onyekuru, Abdullahi Missing In Action

Uzoho Shines In Segunda Debut For Elche; Musa, Onyekuru, Abdullahi Missing In Action

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho kept a clean sheet on his Spanish Segunda debut for Elche on Friday in their 2-0 home win over Malaga reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

A goal in each half from Neider Lozano in the 36th minute and another from Borja Martinez sealed Elche’s second win of the season after ten games.
Uzoho who is currently on a season loan deal from Deportivo La Coruna made four outstanding saves in the encounter as he helped his side moved up to 14th in the Spanish Segunda table with 11 points from ten games.
The game was his second appearance for the club since he joined.
Elche host Real Zaragoza at home in their game.
In Belgium, Emmanuel Dennis, replaced Arnaut Danjuma at half time in Club Brugge’s 1-1 how e draw with Waasland-Beveren. Denis has played eight games and has scored twice.
In the Russian Premier League, Brian Idowu was an unused substitute for Locomotiv Moscow who defeated FC Rostov 2-1 at the RZD Arena in Moscow.
Idowu who did not feature for the Super Eagles in their double header against Libya in the Africa Cup Nations qualifiers has made two league appearances this term.
At the Telecom stadium in Turkey, Nigerian duo of Henry Onyekuru and Abdullahi Shehu were not listed for action for their respective teams Galatasaray and Bursaspor who played out a 1-1 draw.
While Onyekuru has played eight league games and has scored twice, Shehu on his part has one game to his credit.
In the Saudi Arabia topflight division, Ahmed Musa did not turn out for Al Nassr who defeated Al Baten 2-0. Musa has scored five goals since he joined the club in the summer.

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  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    Good one for the young goalkeeper. He sure definitely needs to get some minutes under his belt at club level to boost his sharpness. His shot stopping abilities are outstanding, he just needs to improve on reading crosses and footwork. I’m not sure Nigeria have anything better than him at the moment. He’s only a teenager and will continue to improve with age and experience. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

    • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

      I quite agree with you sir. He is only just starting. I am sure he will get better and better. Goalkeepers are like old wine…they get better with age. if at this age he’s proving to be better than the 30yr olds we have in the national camp, then there’s hope for the future. I’ld rather experiment now with a 19yr old than with a 30yr old.
      The current Elche coach hasnt been doing himself any good by putting Uzoho on the bench for 40yr old Juan Jose. The old man has been shipping in goals in threes and fours sine the beginning of the season. Maybe the coach is feeling reluctant to ‘groom a goalie for another club’ since Francis is only on loan. Uzoho’s rustiness was evident in our matches against libya, even though the made about 6 key saves over both legs of the matches. Mr Elche Coach will do himself a lot of good by leaving uzoho in goal for subsequent matches. To come and post a shut-out after a busy international week is no fluke. The young man is beaming brightly with confidence and international experience at the moment and he has a lot to prove as comapared to a 40yr old who may simply be winding down his career.
      When I compare him to a teenage enyeama btw 2002 and 2004….I am optimistic we have a superb goalie on our hands. Enyeama too used to be very shaky those days…always misreading crosses, poor handling, lack of communication and all that, though his reflexes where lightning quick. As at when we were going for the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia, most pundits posited that we were going to the nations cup without a goal keeper only for the young man to emerge the goalkeeper of the tournament even ahead of the host and winner’s goalkeeper Ali Bounijel.
      Mark my words, The Francis Uzoho we all hope for will emerge at the next AFCON in cameroon. He will follow it all up with olympic games experience in tokyo in 2020 and will finally stamp his feet at the world stage in Qatar (where he co-incidentally learnt his art at he world famous Aspire Football Academy) in 2022

    • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

      Uzoho is a good shot stopper as highlighted but he is not sharp and fluid like our ex greats such as Vincent and co, at the moment if I’m to be honest Theofilus of Eyimba regardless of him seen as homebased is miles ahead of Uzoho and Ezenwa himself. I am left wondering why he is not given a fair judgment to prove this at international scene if you watch CAF confederation cup where Eyimba played away you’ll see reflex and great response that only world class of Hugo lloris and co can pull. At the moment Uzoho should be a learning goalkeeper like Alampasu by all standard who have been a good goalkeeper if not for circumstances that I can not explain is holding is club career aback. More is required in goalkeeping aside shot stopping and height. We need to see his response, flexibility and fluidity both on Air and ground. Dosu Joseph made a comment months ago but after the first leg against Libya he said maybe Uzoho is good after prior to that point header save he made but I am sure after the second leg he will have a rethink and go back to his previous thought of Uzoho needing more lessons! Uzoho will come good someday I’m not critical guys take note I’m only calling for more transparency and competition in team. Looking out for Theofilus of Eyimba in place of Akpeyi in our subsequent games

      • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

        Nobody is comparing Uzoho to our greats bro. Although he’s got the potentials to become one of our greats. But when you look back at how our greats started out in the national team, you’ll know that its only a matter of time before Uzoho joins them in the hall of greatness.
        After our 1982 Afcon misadventure despite being defending champs we had 3 aging goalies – Emma Okala, Best Ogedengbe and Peter Fregene- who were past their prime, tho yet to retire, yet Coach Onigbinde called up a certain schoolboy name Peter Rufai. His debut wasnt pleasant…infact his first 3 years in the national team wasnt explosive, it took until the 1988 Afcon in Morrocco for the world to take note of him. He hadn even been seen good enough to play in europe as at then. I need not go futher on his exploits for another 10 years for the SE.
        Fast forward to 1995, Rufai had peaked, same with his deputy Aloy agu and there was need for freshness in the goalkeeping dept. Up stepped a certain Ike Shorunmu at the US gold cup 1995 and Afro-Asia cup 1995…he too was nowhere near convincing at both tournaments while our back-to-back Afcon misses didnt help his National team career, but by 1998 he came good only to get injured on the eve of the world cup. He gave us another 4 years of top class goalkeeping before bowing out. Enyeama gave us 2-3 years of mess-ups and another decade of top notch goalkeeping. In between we had several goalies who showed flashes for their clubs….Raymond King, Winifred Agbonavbare, Olusola Oguns, Abiodun Baruwa, Willy Opara, Autin Ejide, chijioke Ejiogu, Sam okoye and many others….but we need to choose between having quick fix goalies who will give us 1-2 years of good goalkeeping and one which will give us a decade and above stability in that area.

        I will be ecstatic if and when Theo Afhelokai gets an invite to the national team. He as been the most consistent goalie in the NPL in the last 5yrs or so. He has always been on the fringes of the home based SE even since the days of late Keshi, but im still suprised that at the ripe age of about 30, he still cant snatch the no 1 shirt from any of the holders in the home based eagles. He was even no 3 at the last chan. on the one hand, for me he should take the place of Akpeyi in the main team….on the other hand, the idea of 2 30yr olds as back-ups doesnt sound like a good plan for the future. i dont knw where Emma daniel (2016 olympics goalkeeper) and Dele Alampasu disappered to….but one of these two should be back up to Uzoho at the moment

        • Emmanuel Daniel, was with Orlando Pirates last season. He is currently unattached (without a club).
          Dele Alampasu, second choice goal keeper for Feirense in the Portuguese premier League. He has two matches under his belt this season. Same number of games as Uzoho so far

  • This kid is really lucky to be Nigeria number one. He is good but he is lucky.
    Like Chima said,we have one or two goalkeepers miles ahead of him. Even Akpeyi has more game time than him.
    If Uzoho goes on to be an Enyeama one day, good for him but I am yet to be convinced. For now, we still lack a credible goalkeeper of international standards.
    I will choose Alampansu ahead of Uzoho anyday all day. As I am entitled to my views, I don’t care what anyone thinks.
    If you don’t like what I have just typed, tough. I suggest you keep your views to yourself as I will respond to any insulting message with the sort of response that it deserves.

  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    Oga Chima. How old is Afelokhai? He made sharp reflex saves in the CAF confed cup not even the CAF champions league at 30 years of age and you expect him to get better??? Afelokhai is not better than Dele Ajiboye of Plataeu United that won the NPFL last year.

    However, I think he should be in the SuperEagles as one of the backups to Uzoho instead of Ezenwa. For me I don’t even think any of Ezenwa, Akpeyi or Afelokhai should be backup to Uzoho if we’re really serious about the future. Dele Alampasu should be the one. They won the U17 WorldCup where Dele was the best goalkeeper and Uzoho was his understudy at the time.

    Enyeama was not anywhere near playing in Europe at the age of 19. Infact when he went to the WorldCup in 2002 he wasn’t the first choice goalie at Enyimba at the time. He mostly played in Israel afterwards and it was not until he was in his 30s that he became a household name with Lille in the Championat. Even up till he left Lille recently Enyeama had never been convincing with crosses. He was the worst goalkeeper all through his career when it comes to crosses accross his goal line. But he made up for that with outstanding reflexes and match winning saves.

    Now we have a 19 year old pulling a shutout against Malaga. Non of the goals he conceded against Libya were his fault. The defense too had a blame in conceding those goals. Balogun should’ve never allow that guy to outjump him for the header that leads to the first goal and Aina was ball watching after the young goalie made a terrific save.

    • Players develop differently. That one was best in the world 5 years ago, doesn’t mean they will continue to become a fantastic professional.
      Indeed when we look at the under 17 squads for all countries, only about 5 or 10 in the entire tournament go on to become household names.

      A case in point, our forwards in 2013. Iheanacho, Success, Awoniyi and Chidera Ezeh. All signed to premier League clubs and their routes have resulted in different rates of success in the professional game.

      The quality of training they receive, how their bodies develop, injuries, distractions (money, women, etc) all join to determine how well they do as professionals over the years

      • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

        At the moment he has the same club stats as Uzoho. Sits on the bench train with the first team and had played two cup games therefore, I will prefer to all the 30 year olds backing up Uzoho. Obviously, he’s not going to usurp Uzoho from the number one spot, but he can provide the needed competition to make Odinaka better. If Nigeria is actually thinking about the future we need to continue grooming Alampasu and Uzoho. Just like Cameroon is doing with Fabrice Ondoa and Andre Onana.

  • I agree with Chima’s observation about Uzoho’s rusty reflexes but good blocking abilities. AY made some valid points too countering the argument about Afelokhai being a better option, especially on age.

    But I really think the coaching crew should search for more quality backup/competition for Uzoho to allow for better comparison and to put Uzoho on his feet. I think these should include Afelokhai in place of Ezenwa.

    I’m not so convinced about Akpeyi either cos of his glaring lack of confidence which he betrays to the opponent who then seizes the opportunity to score against him. Just check out the 3 goals he conceeded in an SE shirt – a long range shot Algeria as they saw his jittery stance from a distance, that annoying Rantie Thokelo header and Percy Tau’s dribble and finish from an SA counter attack.

    I’ve watched Afelokhai in goal several times and I think he’s been impressive. I think he’s single handedly carried Enyimba this far. His relexes, coordination of the backline, positioning and concentration are top notch.

    Rohr, please invite Afelokhai now!!

  • All the debate about who the number one Goalkeeper should be is academic. Rohr has his goalies and that is that.
    I just feel that Uzoho was lucky but like uncle Ayphilly pointed out we all need a bit of luck sometimes.
    Honestly speaking Uzoho is not doing a bad job and has thus far given no one any justifiable reasons why he should not retain his number one status.
    I just have my favourite and Uzoho is not one of them (pure, plain and simple)
    Enyeama was never really one of my favourite either but does that diminish his status as a Super star ex-goalie? No.
    I have pity for Chidozie Agbim because I think the criticisms that came his way were too harsh.
    Good luck to Uzoho and I pray he becomes a Super star goalie one day. Still not a guarantee that he will be one of my favourites
    So I apologise for that? A big fat NO.

  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    Drey who said Vincent had a bad 2 years spell as SE goalkeeper before he found his foot I wonder how bad he was when he made his debut against England at the World Cup after he took on from Ike shoromu who kept our first two mataches against Argentina and Sweden when we lost both games but Vincent kept a clean sheet against highly rated England who came top in that group. Vincent from this same Enyimba of Aba kept out goals from Michael Owen and David Beckham on his debut and you’re saying he was flop at the beginning I don’t know about that because Vincent has been brilliant not until he left the team prematurely. Alampasu, Emmanuel Daniel and Theofilus are brilliant goalkeepers Ezenwa was good but Injury has caused him a slip of a late, for me Uzoho is not bad but he needs serious rivalry from the likes of Alampasu Emmanuel Daniel, Theofilus and Dele Ajiboye. We have friendlies let Coach Rohr try these options and be sincere in his Judgement the rest we shall see. We can all see how Ighalo improved at the presence of a real striker in the form of Success Isaac unlike before when he will be fighting for short against winger strikers the die is cast true battle brings out the best no two ways!

    • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

      Hahahahaha….Oga…stop dispalying your shallow knowlege of the SE nay Vincent Enyeama’s national team career.

      “… Vincent from this same Enyimba of Aba kept out goals from Michael Owen and David Beckham on his debut…”

      So bros, after his debut….he didnt play any matches again until after Tunisia 2004…??? Thank God for youtube….kindly go and search for all our 2004 Afcon qualifiers and watch the highlihgts….search for Nigeria Vs Malawi in Abuja, Nigeria vs Malawi in Blantyre, Nigeria vs Angola in Luanda. Do well to also search for friendlies like Nigeria vs Brazil in Abuja, Nigeria vs Venezuela in London, Nigeria vs Jamaica in Kingston. These are some of the matches which i remember vivid shakky performances in Vincent’s bumpy first 2 years as SE goal keeper.

      Anyone who was old enough and was an avid follower of national team matches as well as the opinion of the press about him will attest to that.

      There are somethings that aren’t worth the arguement..!!!

      • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

        One Question at old age can you compare the Vincent of 2014 World Cup to the Uzoho of 2018 World Cup if I hear A then I will refer you to Lionel Messi! I shock o for this baseless argument. And for those saying 30 years is old for a goalkeeper I will advice you that goalkeepers remains at their peak for a very long time cech of Arsenal how old is he? 

        • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

          Hahahahaha…….what r u talking….??? LOL…confused you. U seem defeated….defeated by facts….now you bring up a baseless arguement of trying to compare a vincent enyeama of 2014 WC (who had had 12yrs international experience, 2 WC appearances and close to a hundred caps) to a Francis Uzoho who is 19 & hadnt clocked a decade caps yet before his WC in 2018. Who on earth in his right frame of mind compares a final year university student to a grade 5 student…??? Only confused people do…and i wont let you drag me into your world of confusion this time around.

          • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

            Quiet you’re the confused man comparing Vincent to Uzoho even a drunk man will never miss his road with regards to the baseless facts you are raising. If you are making a point come clean and don’t try to make Dramas. Sometimes I will rather stay mute than waste the precious time of readers while you try to confuse them instead of being honest at your judgement.

          • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

            LMAO….its obvious you dont comprehend english. Pls can a kind hearted somebody translate all the comments i’ve written on theis new thread to igbo language for this dude to understand….??? Anybody pls. Just help a broda in need and bail him out of his misery.

            Help me particularly translate the following quotes of mine on this thread…

            “Goalkeepers are like old wine…they get better with age. if at this age he’s proving to be better than the 30yr olds we have in the national camp, then there’s hope for the future. I’ld rather experiment now with a 19yr old than with a 30yr old.”

            “When I compare him to a teenage enyeama btw 2002 and 2004….I am optimistic we have a superb goalie on our hands.”

            “Nobody is comparing Uzoho to our greats bro. Although he’s got the potentials to become one of our greats. But when you look back at how our greats started out in the national team, you’ll know that its only a matter of time before Uzoho joins them in the hall of greatness.”

            Anyone pls help with the igbo translation of the above…..Thanks in advance ….LOL

  • Greenturf 4 years ago

    In my opinion inviting goalkeeper’s at 30yrs and beyond is not good for us going forward.I understand the best players should be invited to the national team irrespective of age but rather form is used as yardstick for invitations.But the question is how long have this goalkeeper’s got to serve the country?
    I think much younger goal minders should be groomed to give competition to Uzoho.As they get invites to the national team it helps in broadening their knowledge and enhancment also their experiences in international football.
    So in the future we could boast of three or more young goalkeeper’s fighting for a place in every match.for instance,the knowledge acquired by ezenwa and Akpeyi from Rohr this few years would be a waste if they call to an end to international football which is inevitable soon as the clock thicks.
    I hope the gaffer rescinds on inviting al men and look to younger lads for future invitations for the national team.
    God bless the super eagles, God bless Nigeria!

    • All the great goal keepers Zubizaretta, Dino Zoff, Peter Chech, Dasaev, Sell Maier, Gordon Banks were what age at their peak?

      Emyeama, Rufai, Ogedengbe, Okala, Fregene were what age at their best?

      A goal keeper gets better the older they get. Decision making, reading the game, instructing defenders, knowing when to come out or stay all come with experience.

      Saying “an older keeper is not good for us” just tells me that you don’t understand the position.

      A goal keeper position also depends on confidence. It’s good that Rohr sticks to his man, however, competition is good too. That’s why I’ve clamoured for the inclusion of Afelokhai in place of Ezenwa.

      • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

        BigD thumps up let the Confuse man who doesn’t want good for a 30year old goalkeeper who might have done a better job at crucial tournament miss his chance because of his ignorance and not admitting that goalkeepers peak at this very point. Right now he is saying we should wait for Uzoho to grow meaning subsequent matches at the moment will be a trial and error period right. Drey Drey I call you twice come clean and learn to learn right from the wrong you’re use to because you have access to google.com so don’t use it wrongly.

      • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

        Thank God you said “PEAK”. Maybe you should go check the meaning of the word in the dictionary. Those goalkeeping greats you mentioned didnt start their intl careers at 30….they peaked into their intl careers at 30. So you want us to start trialing with a goalkeeper at the age of 30 (whc i guess is his nigerian footballing age)….so at what age will he finally find his feet and strike the needed understanding with his national team mates….particularly his defenders. And before we start enjoying him…he will be on his way down the hill.
        Just like i said in my earlier comments…i’ll rather trial with a 19yr old, give him 2 yrs to find his feet, then sit down on my couch with a cold bottle of beer to my left, a bowl of grilled fish on my right and a cuban cigar on my lips and what him give me 12 to 15 years of superb topclass goalkeeping. Go and study the intl careers of the likes of Peter Rufai, Idris Kameni, Ithumeleng Khune, Ovono Ebang Didier, our own Vincent Enyeama…..just to mention a few. Even David De Gea of Man Utd is a more recent case-study. Any Man Utd fan will attest to the fact that they are now reaping the fruits of their patience with him

        • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

          Absolutely spot on. They weren’t just invited to the their various national team at their peak. All those goalkeepers BigD mentioned started playing for the national team in their teenager years.

          • Not true Aphilly, they did not start as teen-agers. Emma Okala started with the Green Eagles at 22 in 1971, Gordon Banks at 24, Best Ogedengbe at 26, Zubizaretta at 22.
            There is a world of difference between a 19 year old keeper and a 22 (think Uzoho with an extra 3 to 6 years experience), 24 and 26 year old keeper.
            And I double checked those stats

          • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

            After all they didn’t start playing for their National teams at 30. There’s a difference between 22 24 25 and 30 plus year olds. I don’t know about Okala and Ogedengbe. But I know both him and Okala didn’t start playing for the Green Eagles in their 30s. That’s a fact and majority of all the goalkeepers you mentioned didn’t start playing for their National teams at the age of 30. Uzoho is no Nigeria’s goalkeeper for the next 15 to 20 years.

          • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

            ***Uzoho is Nigeria’s goalkeeper for the next 15 to 20 years** unless if the likes of Afelokhai, Ezenwa Akpeyi and co are better than the great Enyeama

          • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

            Big D. You forget that youth football was virtually non existent in the 70s and early 80, especially at national team level….not until fifa introduced the world youth championships in 1977 whc later metamorphorsed into the U20 WC. Even Henry Nwosu who was still at St. Gregory’s when he made the national team for the 1980 AFCON was over 20yrs of age then and was still the youngest member of the team. I cant remember how many macthes he even got to play in the tournament – I think he came on as a sub in the match against egypt at Adamasigba stadium. It was not till the late 80s and early 90s that U20 players in national teams became a commoner. So at 22 – 24 years of age, those guys where still very much considered young in their era

          • Dr Drey,

            Keshi, Nwosu etc were discovered during principals cup.
            That was the big competition for youths them days.
            Yes there was no international youth tournaments, but the Green Eagles then had established tournaments to unearth talents.

            I was a youth in Lagos in the 70s and 80s and those matches between At Greg’s, St Finbarrs, Baptacad etc were fertile grounds for player recruiting as well as the NUGA (UNIVERSITY games) that happened every two years.
            Yes it was a different era, but there were different routes to the national teams (not as many as we have today granted)

      • Greenturf 4 years ago

        Yet the likes of Chelsea,Man city,Real Madrid,Barcelona, Manchester United,Liverpool and many other top teams invested heavily on young goalkeeper’s.
        I’m not daft to know goalminders gets better with age and have a lasting career than outfield players.But you have to have the talent first as a young goalkeeper.Besides all this top teams aren’t stupid to invest this huge sums on young goalkeeper’s when there are older and better ones out there to protect their goal line.The point I’m making is this young talented goalkeepers will still get the job done and also for so many years.
        Apparently we have young and talented goalkeeper’s out there at home and abroad so it’s left for the gaffer to scout and nuture them to international standards.
        God bless Nigeria!

  • Joel Chidi 4 years ago

    I love the way Dr Drey dishes his facts out carefully. His remarks are spot on.

    • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

      Drey get skonko if you are yet to observe the statistics he brought was Uzoho and poor Alampasu who’s been ill treated in Europe. Let him try same with Vincent and baby Uzoho who he claims is brilliant at young age compared to Vincent.

      • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

        Hahahaha….its obivous u cant comprehend english bro…biko shift and let people who can read and understand english like oga @ Joel Chidi see road and comment.
        I really look forward to the day when you will give us verifiable facts to back up ur views on this forum rather than vomit figments of your imagination. Now its Alampasu that is being ill treated. You will tell me when Dele Alampasu called you on phone to tell you that he his being ill-treated.
        Confused man…!!! lolz

    • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

      Thanks bro. I come here to learn from the repository of knowlege of others too. A flowing river never smells. only stagnant ones do…!

  • balorx 4 years ago

    you people are overhyping uzoho already…. Buffon is forty but still playing, Egypt goalkeeper retires at the age of 45. tell me why afelokhai shouldn’t be given a chance. leave sentiments alone, if you were not a Nigerian you would agree that uzoho is really below average … he is always reluctant to dive . as of now, uzoho is too comfortable in that position but i have never been really impressed by him
    shot stopping:6
    reflexes: 4
    ball distribution: 2

    • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

      Buffon and Hossam El Hadary both started keeping goal for their National teams while they were teenagers. During their teenage years they weren’t backing up anybody they were first choice that is the Hallmark of great goalkeepers. Nigeria’s greatest goalkeepers in my lifetime were Peter Rufai and Vincent Enyeama both of whom started keeping goal for Nigeria in their teenage years. The rest like they say is history.

  • True, barlox. Uzoho may be the best we have at the moment, but he causes worry occasionally. Thank goodness for the solid partnership of Ekong and Balogun in CB.

    When there’s danger in the 18 yard, he likes to make himself big to block the ball. But ball distribution and smooth full length diving reflexes? Not convincing.

    Of the current Nigerian goalkeepers I’ve watched, Afelokhai seems to be the most confident in his area and his saves are top draw. He’s currently benching 2 former national goalkeepers at Enyimba, Dauda of Ghana and Ezenwa of Nigeria. That speaks volumes in itself, and it’s a mystery why national handlers still don’t rate him highly.

    Uzoho too is being benched by a 40-year old at his club. Afelokhai is just 30. Let’s sustain the clamour, I’m sure Rohr and his goalkeeper trainers would soon have a look. It worked with Samuel Kalu, it can work with Afelokhai.

    • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

      Samuel Kalu is only 20 he wasn’t just invited to the SuperEagles at 25 or 30. Afelokhai is already 30 years old. He may only be good for the bench. I’m absolutely certain that Rohr will not bench Uzoho for any of Afelokhai, Ezenwa, Akpeyi and co. I will even prefer Dele Ajiboye who’ve won a WorldCup at U17 level to Afelokhai who is only good in CAF confed cup not even the CAF champions league.

  • Let truth be told my fellow bloggers, it is just because Uzoho is playing with a European club that gave him the edge over the other goalies. Gernot Rohr prefer them oversea. If Uzoho was in South Africa, he will never smell the Super Eagles camp. I heard he has discovered another goalkeeper in Germany that is the first choice keeper of his club. If it’s true, then Uzoho’s days are numbered as per the goalkeeper thing.

    • Maduka Okoye? Fortuna Dusseldorf 2 keeper was mentioned earlier in the year, but he’s missed 9 out of 14 matches this season.
      Seb Osigwe of FC Kriens in the Swiss second division has also been mentioned in the past.
      Haven’t heard of any others in Germany

      • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

        Exactly what I’m saying the coach doesn’t like home based goalkeeper as an idea but Vincent started from Eyimba before going to Europe anyway let the kid who says he elders does not understand English because of his ignorant mind go and sin no more! My joy is that after all our arguments here we see changes at the super eagles next list. Guys watch out for Theofilus at next matches

        • Then again, the league has been dysfunctional. There have been no league games since April.
          The only football action in Nigeria has been AITEO cup recently and Eyimba in the CAF Confederations Cup.
          There is a lack of competitive football, so the local keepers will not be match fit and competition ready.
          That’s my one problem with bringing in home based players.
          April to October is 6 months without competitive football.
          This is a major reason why we only hear calls for Eyimba players (Afelokhai, Udoh etc) to be called up.
          To be honest, my feeling is that we should wait for the league to commence properly before bringing in local players