Nigeria World Cup Focus: Gernot Rohr says Super Eagles don't have a goalkeeping issues

Nigeria World Cup Focus: Gernot Rohr says Super Eagles don't have a goalkeeping issues
Nigeria's head coach Gernot Rohr reacts during the International Friendly soccer match between England and Nigeria at Wembley in London, Britain, 02 June 2018. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 04, 2018. 12:00

Despite their loss to England last Saturday, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has dismissed reports that he is facing a goalkeeping crisis.

Rohr has dismissed talk of a goalkeeping problem ahead of Nigeria's 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Croatia.

The Super Eagles boss also explained why the most inexperienced goalkeeper in the squad, Francis Uzoho, has started the last four matches played by the national team.

With Wolverhampton Wanderers' Carl Ikeme on the sidelines due to an illness, the German coach worked on the possibility of recalling Lille's Vincent Enyeama to the Super Eagles, but he failed after the former Hapoel Tel Aviv star failed to join a new club in the January transfer window.

''For me we don't have a goalkeeping problem, I hear we have a goalkeeping problem, no,'' Rohr said post-match.

''We have three good goalkeepers, now we gave the opportunity to Francis to play because he needs the experience of these big games, playing in Wembley, playing in Poland, there were only 40,000, today was more, they have the atmosphere of the World Cup already. He did very well.

''We are working a lot with him, we sent our goalkeeper coach two times to La Coruna for ten days to help him also.

''He is only number three in La Coruna but he is doing well in the reserve team, so he continues to work. He is quiet, tall, he is good on the line. We need something like that.''

Although Uzoho was unbeaten in his first two games for the Super Eagles, against Argentina and Poland, he conceded five goals in his last three outings for the team.

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