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What has happened to Super Eagles' Goalkeepers?

Maduka Okoye and Daniel Akpeyi are the Super Eagles' hope for the World Cup Qualifiers, we are lucky to have them but where is the competition?

The country expects the Eagles to win against Central African Republic and rightly in October 2021.

My question is; where have all the talented Nigerian goalkeepers gone?

It would appear to me that with the array of players, the first position that shows signs of great weakness is the goalkeeper.

When I was growing up the debate was; Peter Rufai or Vincent Enyeama? Two world class keepers who excelled for the West African side at international competitions.

Alloy Agu, Carl Ikeme, Ike Shorunmu and Austin Ejide were also good goalkeepers. I heard stories of the lanky Emmanuel Okala during his days same with Best Odedegbe.

Since Ikeme retired from international football, Nigeria has suffered from getting a stable person to man the post.

Francis Uzoho was installed as the number one goalkeeper at the 2018 but he struggled make the shirt his own.

The problem now is the lack of competition and the reason for that is there are not enough Nigerian keepers coming through.

Don't get me wrong, I think Maduka is very good and at just 22 he's yet to hit his peak which can only be good for both Nigeria and Sparta Rotterdam.

Akpeyi is performing well for Kaizer Chiefs in the DSTV Premiership.

But where is their competition? What happens if they get injured? The problem is most of the keepers aren't good enough.

The goalkeeping position is just the first of many that has, and will continue to suffer unless a fresh wave of talent comes through, and Gernot Rohr's attitude changes.

The likes of Adeleye Adebayo, Sebastian Osigwe, Adeyinka Adewale, Stanley Nwabali, Arthur Okonkwo and Daniel Jinadu are options capable of giving competition to that delicate department.

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