As events unfold in Nigerian football, sl10.ng caught up with former Super Eagles goalkeeper Alloy Agu who spoke about Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for 2015 AFCON and the current crop of goalkeepers.
Nigeria failed to win any of the two qualifying matches played so far in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, what are the chances of qualification now, with only a solitary point?
Thank you very much. I think we still have a very good chance of qualifying because we still have four games to go. It was disappointing that we didn’t get any win in those games but that doesn’t mean we won’t qualify. We will.
Given how strong the Congolese were for Nigeria in Calabar, do you really think Nigeria can beat them in their own backyard?
Why not? They came here and beat us and who says we cannot go there and beat them? Fine, they did their home work and were very good in Calabar, but if we do our homework well, we will also go there and beat them. They are not unbeatable, are they? Of course we can beat them there.
Why do you sound so confident? Did those games really inspire much confidence in you?
They probably didn’t but what did you expect? Those countries knew they were playing against the African champions and had to fight as hard as they did, it was understandable. Now, I’m sure the players understand this and will make up for it in the remaining games.
Do you think Austin Ejide should have done better in that game against Congo?
That would be unfair to blame him for any of those goals. He didn’t commit any blunder that resulted in any of the goals. It just wasn’t a very good day for the team and it’s easy to look for scapegoats.
What do you think of the current crop of goalkeepers in the team?
They are all very good goalkeepers. Vincent Enyeama showed it again at the World Cup and came out as one of the best ‘keepers in the tournament. Austin Ejide has shown that he is very capable whenever he gets his chance and Chigozie Agbim is also one of the best in the league. So, I think we are good in that department.
Some people think Chigozie Agbim shouldn’t be in the Super Eagles team. They say there are better goalkeepers in the league. Do you agree?
I agree there are good goalkeepers in the league but I don’t agree that Agbim doesn’t deserve to be in the team. I have worked with him and I know how good he is, he just needs time to break into the team. We can only have three goalkeepers for a competition and if the coaches feel he is the best of the lot, then so be it. He’s a very good goalkeeper who’s just highly underrated.
Thanks for your time