Rohr Laments Goalkeeping Issue In Super Eagles


Gernot Rohr says the goalkeeping department in the Super Eagles is still a problem describing it as the unlucky area in the team.

The Eagles have not had a settled goal tender since the departure of Carl Ikeme, who was forced to retire from professional football after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in 2017.

Since Ikeme’s retirement, the quartet of Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye have all been handed the opportunity to be in goal.

“In the goalkeeping department we are unlucky,” Rohr said on Brila FM. “We lost Carl Ikeme who had to stop his career and the injury to Francis Uzoho. Already Uzoho who didn’t play for his club was a problem and then he came back and is injured now for six months. But the surgery went well and he’s on the right way to come back.

“Now we found another goalkeeper, Maduka (Okoye) from Dusseldorf in Germany. He is very young and we must give him time to adapt to African football.

“He did well against Brazil but it is not yet the moment for him to start a game because he needs to know the team better. But the future is for him, he’s only 20.”

The German tactician however expressed confidence that with the calibre of goalkeepers in the team, it will bring out a healthy competition among them.

He added:”I think we will have a better competition in the goalkeeping department and we are still working on it. And with my colleague Alloy (Agu) we are working a lot and we are trying to help Uzoho comeback very quickly.”

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