Goalkeeping: No Savior In Between The Sticks

The Nigerian goalkeeping predicament

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Nigeria has boasted over the years of having the finest of goalkeepers on the continent.

Edouard Mendy’s declaration as the best keeper in the Champions League, has placed the Senegalese as the best in Africa. His implausible performance against the 2019 UEFA Champions league winners, Liverpool at the weekend confirmed this feat.

Edouard Mendy gives a thumbs up after his brilliant performance against Liverpool at the Anfield stadium.

 

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has provided the nation with a list of players who will be representing the country for the 2022 World Cup qualifier against the lone stars of Liberia on the 3rd of September 2021 and the blue sharks of Cape Verde on the 7th of September, 2021.

Francis Uzoho – APOEL Nicosia, Daniel Akpeyi – Kazier Chiefs and Maduka Okoye of Sparta Rotterdam are the German’s pick.

Goalkeeping Heroes Past

When you think of men who stood in between the sticks for the green, white, green.

Names like Sam Ibiam, Peter Rufia in the 80s. Ike Shoronmu in the 90s, Joe Erico, Peter Fregene, Emmanuel Okala and of course the ever smiling Vincent Enyeama comes to mind.

These names brought to Nigerians a level of confidence whenever the team list is rolled out.

Sam Ibiam conceded only nine goals in six years of his career.

 

The Million Naira Questions

The trio of Uzoho, Maduka and Akpeyi has left many with doubts with their goalkeeping performances.

Doubts like, is this the best that can come out of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation?

Rohr’s bias for home grown talent is obvious to the blind but, does Nigeria still possess quality goalkeepers?

The goalkeeper is the last line of defence, can we trust Maduka, Uzoho and Akpeyi to stand tall, when Ekong and co fail us.

Mouez Hassen (Tunisia), Rais Mbolhi (Algeria), Melvin Adriene (Madagascar), Denis Onyango (Uganda), Alexandra Oukidja (Algeria), Alfred Gomis (Senegal), Andre Onana (Cameroon), Mohammad El Shenawy (Egypt), Yassine Bounou (Morocco) and of course Edouard Mendy (Senegal) make up the top ten list in Africa.

When are we going to boast of having a goal keeper in this list, talk-less of one as the first choice in Africa?

Goalkeeping Heroes
Peter Rufai in action for the Super Eagles
Goalkeeping: Enyeama
Vincent Enyeama in action for the Super Eagles

 

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