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Ezenwa: Younger Keepers’ Future Won’t Be Threatened By Enyeama’s Nigeria Return

Ezenwa: Younger Keepers’ Future Won’t Be Threatened By Enyeama’s Nigeria Return

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Super Eagles home-based goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has shrugged off the fears that the return to national team duties by Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will hamper the progress of younger goalkeepers hoping to blossom in the Eagles,  Completesportsnigeria.com reports. 

There has been debate raging on whether the experienced custodian should stage a return, with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr reportedly keen to work with the 2013 African Cup of Nations winner. 

Ezenwa, the FC Ifeanyiubah goalkeeper who is the captain of the Super Eagles Team B comprising the home-based players spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com  on the issue. 

"Firstly, Vincent is a very experienced player who has been in this team (Super Eagles), won things while representing Nigeria," the former U-23 star stated. 

"Of course, those of us other keepers all want to get a piece of the cake, and have our chances to be as successful as he was in the national team, but if the coaches feel he still has a place in the team,  then it's not bad,  you know perhaps he will be around for just a year or two more years. 

"Personally, I have picked some tips by watching him and listening to talk him. I am younger and still have the time to prove myself worthy of being the first choice, and I know some other guys feel the same way. 

 "We are one big family, it's not about who plays or not.  It doesn't matter who is in goal at a particular time,  it could be Carl Ikeme,  Daniel Akpeyi or myself," Ezenwa concluded. 

The Eagles will regroup in the last week of May for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in June.

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