By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Super Eagles goalkeepers trainer Alloy Agu has said that first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is out of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Algeria due to injury will be missed, even as he insists that there are able replacements for the Wolverhampton Wanderers safe hands.
Nigeria's 2013 Under-17 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, Olympic bronze medalist Daniel Akpeyi and the only home-based player in camp Ikechukwu Ezenwa are the three goalkeepers battling to get the nod to replace Ikeme on Saturday against Algeria.
"Truth be told, we'll miss Carl who has been very outstanding for the Super Eagles since he joined the team last year," Agu told Completesportsnigeria.com on Wednesday.
"He kept us in the game in Zambia and he organises his back four very well but we will not be lacking in that area on Saturday because we have able substitutes who who can stand in for him.
"He no doubt will be missed but I want to assure Nigerians that who ever gets the nod to be in the post will not disappoint. I am confident that any of Akpeyi, Ezenwa or Alampasu can do well on Saturday. I cannot tell you who would man the post now because, we are still working on the trio on and off the field to ensure that we make the right choice."
On the match, he said the Algerians have a very good team and being the best ranked team in Africa will come all out to get a result but pointed out that they will meet a young team that also want to write their names in gold by qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The former Super Eagles goalkeeper said that the Eagles will try to stop Algeria from scoring any goal and take any of the chances to come their way because "the opportunities might not be many. It should be one chance , one goal and operation no goal against."