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Why Dele Aiyenugba will return to the Super Eagles in March

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By 9aijaSport | self meida writer
Published 10 days ago - 2920 views

After dropping in the latest FIFA ranking, Gernot Rohr will hope to get a desirable result against the Benin Republic and Lesotho in the next AFCON qualifier match.

Nigeria is meant to face both teams next month with a win in either to ensure they qualify for the next AFCON tournament.

Gernot Rohr is expected to release the list of players to prosecute the game next month, and one position that would attract attention is the goalkeeping department. 

Although the German tactician has picked Maduka Okoye as the first-choice goalkeeper, Nigerians are not convinced of his qualities. 

With Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and Francis Uzoho not convincing, Dele Aiyenuba is posed to make his return to the Eagles squad. 


In this article, we highlight five reasons, he should be recalled to the Eagles squad. 


Keeping Clean sheets 


Since breaking into the first-team with Kwara United, Dele Aiyenuba has been outstanding for the Harmony Boys. 


The veteran goalkeeper has kept five clean sheets in seven appearances and conceded just two goals (against Lobi Stars and Sunshine Stars). 


His performance has propelled United to the top of the table. 


While he is having an outstanding season in the NPFL, Maduka Okoye has managed five clean sheets in fifteen Eredivisie games. 


He has conceded thirty-four goals in the league. 


Leadership qualities 

His organization and communication with his defenders in the NPFL further highlight the qualities he can bring to the national team.

Before his introduction into the first-team, Kwara United have conceded three goals against Rivers United and conceded a dreadful goal against Akwa United.

With his introduction, they kept four consecutive clean sheets and have been stable defensively. 


Experienced 

If he gets invited to the national team, Dele Aiyenugba will be the most experienced player in the Eagles squad. 

Considering what happened against Sierra Leone, the presence of the 37-year-old can help the young players focus on the game, and thereby, avoiding the disastrous scoreline. 

NPFL Player Syndrome 

Gernot Rohr is expected to look inwards and start inviting NPFL players to the Eagles squad. 

With the poor form of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Aiyenugba is the next option to take his position in the Eagles squad. 

By - Adewale Adeyemi

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