By James Agberebi:
Former Golden Eaglets star Samuel Chukwueze says he hopes to meet Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in the final of the Spanish Segunda B (third division) promotion playoff.
Chukwueze’s Villarreal B team face Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of
the Segunda B quarter-finals on Sunday, while Uzoho’s RCD Deportivo Fabril are away to Extremadura UD the same day with the return leg
billed for the 26th or 27th of May.
Uzoho has so far this season kept 15 clean sheets for RC Deportivo Fabril in 25 games, Chukwueze on the other hand started the season with Villarreal’s U-19 team and was promoted to the team B after an impressive campaign which saw him net seven goals playing from the wings.
Speaking ahead of their trip to Bilbao, Chukwueze, who missed Flying Eagles 2-2 draw away to Guinea-Bissau, hailed Uzoho as one of the best goalkeepers in the Segunda B and hope they both meet in the play-off final.
“As a Nigerian, I wish him the best and hope our teams both do well and we meet in the final,” the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner said.
“He’s a very good goalkeeper with his height and one of the best in our division. I’m happy for him that he’ll be going to the World Cup.”
The 19-year-old former Arsenal target also expressed his disappointment after missing Flying Eagles’ match with Guinea-Bissau but promised to hit camp after the play-offs next month.
“I’m very disappointed to miss the (Guinea-Bissau) match. I spoke with the coach and I explained to him that I won’t be available because of our (Villarreal) play-off match.”