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WAFU Cup: Ezenwa Voted Best Player In Super Eagles Win Vs Sierra Leone

WAFU Cup: Ezenwa Voted Best Player In Super Eagles Win Vs Sierra Leone

By James Agberebi:

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was voted Nasco Man of the Match in the home-based Super Eagles’ 2-0 win against Sierra Leone in their knockout fixture of the 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup in Cape Coast, Ghana on Monday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Two late goals from Rangers’ Osas Okoro and Peter Eneji of Plateau United in the 83rd and 87th minutes respectively secured the win for the home-based Eagles.

Prior to Okoro and Eneji’s goals, Ezenwa who is skipper of the coach Salisu Yusuf-led side, made a series of saves. The saves were especially in the first half to deny the Sierra Leonians from taking the lead.

The win means the home-based Eagles will now face Ghana, Guinea and Mali in Group 1 of the WAFU Cup.

Their first group game will be against hosts Ghana on Thursday.

Ezenwa was instrumental for the Super Eagles during their double header Group B 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers against Cameroon last week.

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  • I dont still believe he can replace Eyeama. congrats and more hardwork as Iheanacho says it pays

  • Ezenwa should be the Nigerian national team no1 goalkeeper. He has gained experience. I understand he was the Mikel led Olympic team goalkeeper. He is also the CHAN team goalkeeper. He is the captain and goalkeeper of the WAFU team. He is the regular goalkeeper of the IfeayinUbah football team in the Nigerian Premier League. Please someone should tell coach Rohr that he doesn’t need to look further: we have a capable goalie with experience. I will really want Vincent Enyeama to come assist the goalkeepers they have in camp. Apart from that I believe that department has been covered.

  • He was not the goalkeeper for the Olympic team. I probably he was on the bench I don’t know but he never played a game is he was in that [email protected]
    Abeg who is their left back ooo at least he must be better than Brother Echejile..

  • @Dave, you are right. Ezenwa was not even in the Rio Olympic dream team. The goal keeper was Daniel Akpeyi. Etebo, Shehu Abdulahi, Ekong were also members of that dream team. Mikel was the captain. Well done. But let’s face it Ezenwa is ok as the no1 goalkeeper. Don’t you agree?

  • @djeniko the goalkeeper was Daniel not Akpeyi. Akpeyi was only the a deputy to Daniel.

  • I think Rohr is beginning to sound confused and irritating about his comments on Enyeama’s return. Why is he so fixated on Enyeama, explaining all the fictitious scenarios that will play out on the guy’s return? This coach has done excellent job with the Super Eagles. He should not allow himself to be swept into the whirlpool of Nigerian football politics, although he cannot divest himself completely from it, otherwise he’ll lose his grips on enhancing the technical capability of the team. Enyeama has formally resigned from the team and explained his reasons to his compatriots. It has to do with fulfilling his traditional obligations to his mother, which he sacrificed, to answer national call to duty. A very sensitive issue. Understandably there are behind the scene moves to bring him back, since he is a very skilled stopper. No problems there. Rohr should keep these moves off stage in order not to run the risk of sounding downright disrespectful thereby frightening Enyeama from returning to the team. Enyeama has a mind of his own. Lets acknowledge that basic humanity. Whatever promises he may have given Rohr should be kept under wraps until the skilled player emerges from the shadows and reunites with the team. I suspect that as a professional, he is versed on the rules of player engagement like waiting on the the queue, personal fitness and tactics/strategies for particular games. He can’t be a player/coach (not a current arrangement with the the SE). Methinks we should focus on upskilling the local players.

    Ezenwa has shown that with commitment and training and experience and support, he can rub shoulders with the world’s best keepers. Keep going Ezenwa!

    • @Achi. I feel Vincent Enyeama should be part of the Super Eagles, not to takeover from Ezenwa but to transfer his experience to him. We all remembered what led to his retirement from the Eagles. He only retired, not finished with football. He retired from the Eagles to promote peace in the Eagles. We all know and appreciate that. He was not abusive but behaved maturely about the whole affairs. He can still be useful to the Eagles. We should try and have the mindset of the European team coaches. They will always look at your usefulness to the cause and let go of the offence if it was not that serious type that can tarnish the image of the country. We should try not to be always vindictive. Ezenwa has done super well and should continue as the no1 goalkeeper even if Daniel Akpeyi or Carl Ikeme comes back but he needs an experience sparing partner. Alamkpesi cannot be that partner.

      • We are more or less in the same boat. My argument is that we should be circumspect in commenting on what happens when he returns. If you want to attract a skilled person to help build your team, would you make loose statements like out coach is making? Enyeama has been capped over 100X and has played at the highest level. Is he begging to return? Mark my words, if the song does not change, he’d be surely scarred away.

        • @Achi. I got it. Enyeama is a professional and has done much for Nigeria starting from his Eyemba days. We cannot just cast him away when he is still useful. A role should be sort out for him with no conditions attached. In fact he should be calling the shots now as we need him more than he needs the Eagles’ call. We need an experienced hand in the goal keeping department to guide the young ones in modern goal keeping techniques. The present goalkeeper trainer did not play in top club like lilie. Look at Mikel, Victor, Odion, Onazi, Ndidi and Babatunde. Their playing in top clubs is reflecting on their games. Even Elderson Echiejile. So we need him badly.

  • tade omiwole 4 years ago

    I think enyama should be advised on how he can deal with his ego which sometimes makes him to look and sound arrogant, even if one is stepped on, there are ways of managing that,olise is well known for been arrogant, that led to the issue been blown out of proportion but that is the past now,if enyama is recalled and not fielded, there will be problems, pls leave enyama’ s issue till will qualify, after that we can look into it,it is a very sensitive issue

  • mind you that 3goalkeepers will be taken to the world cup if we qualify now why can’t we have Enyeama,Ikeme,andEzenwa if the are all fit for the mundial why do we now begin to dissipate energy on trivialities

  • Victor Onyeanum 4 years ago

    I agree with Cletus Akpan. If Enyeama is fit, what is wrong with him joining Ikeme(if he is fit) and Ezenwa? But the problem with the Nigerian sports fraternity is that we are all coaches and experts. We tell the coach who he should invite and select. The coach who is paid to make selections says something and we are SITTING DOWN somewhere, arguing with him. Sentiment should be shown the way out.

  • Nnamdi 4 years ago

    Lets not forget our earring keeper lkeme in a hurry,lets pray for his quick recovery-to enable us parade the best hands in africa(Enyeama,lkeme & Ezenwa)how about that!

  • OlaBabs 4 years ago

    Stanley Amuzie was the left back throughout the tournament. A wrong career’s move to Sampdoria of Italy nose dived his career .but he has just gone to FC Lugano of Switzerland on loan