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Rohr: Super Eagles Don’t Have World Class Goalkeeper, Enyeama Must Earn Recall

Rohr: Super Eagles Don’t Have World Class Goalkeeper, Enyeama Must Earn Recall

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his biggest problem during the chase for a World Cup ticket has been that of goalkeeping, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


The Super Eagles secured a Russia 2018 ticket on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo with Ikechukwu Ezenwa in goal.

“I don’t have a world class goalkeeper now but we’ll go with what we have,” Rohr told Completesportsnigeria.com in Abuja.


However, Rohr also has nice words for FC IfeanyiUbah’s Ezenwa who stepped in during the home win over Cameroon and has conceded only one goal in three games.

“Ezenwa is progressing so much that in the past few weeks he is becoming a very good goalkeeper and that is why he kept in the games against Cameroon and Zambia. He is a goalkeeper much stronger than before, we shall have to see what will happen in the next few months,” Rohr added in the interview with Complete Sports.

“It is a very important position for any team. For the moment, we are very happy about the performance of Ezenwa. He has suddenly become an important member of the squad and we would keep working on him and see how how it goes.”

Rohr commended the Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick who brought up the idea to get an additional goalkeeping coach to team up with Alloy Agu and work on the available goalkeepers.

“One moment, (Vincent) Enyeama was out, Carl Ikeme was sick, (Daniel) Akpeyi was injured, so we had to play with our fourth goalkeeper. And what we decided was a brilliant idea from the President who told me since we don’t have another goalkeeper, let us hire another coach for goalkeepers even though the one we have is a very good one in Agu to complement each other,” Rohr revealed.

Asked if Enyeama, who voluntarily retired from the national team, and Ikeme were still in his World Cup plans, Rohr said he is not sure of Carl Ikeme but said he is in good communication with Enyeama. He however pointed out that Enyeama, who has been released by Lille and recovering from a long-term injury, must first find another club, be fit and play regularly to get a recall to the Super Eagles.

“We go to World Cup with the best players. Only players who are in good spirit, I mean the spirit of quality, hard work, respect, dedication and togetherness. Nigerians close to Vincent and other

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  • Am an Akwa Ibomite, and so also is Enyeama, but I don’t support the idea of Enyeama’s recall, Ezenwa is young, he has a great potentials, i think he is a better replacement for Enyeama, we need to move on, let’s give Ezenwa a massive chance to boost his confidence.

    • Ezenwa young? Are you kidding me?

    • He meant younger

    • So Urom which goalkeeper do u have in mind?

    • Have we forgotten what happened at France 98, when Rufai came back?
      It cost us and ruined his reputation.

    • Enyeama has the experience nigeria needed, so i agree wit d man enyeama should be recalled

    • Ezenwa in inexperience, he doesnt know how to stop penalty and he couldnt control his nerve.

    • Don’t forget he has not been taken hot shot… World cup is not made for boys or for Akamu. When the likes of Ronaldo and Messi shoot the ball direct to him then you will know there is two types of water hot and cold.

    • Younger and inexperience Enyeama did it in 2002.Am nt Ezenwa fan bt he proved me wrong

    • Ezenwa should not be used pls… He doesnt know how to approach counter attack. He will end up causing penalty for us which he doesnt know how to stop. He is too shakky at the post.

    • @Manga kelle. I think if Carl Ikeme dosn’t recover on time, Enyeama should b recalled. Ezenwa is not ripe yet. He’s still accident in waiting. Dis is world cup not CHAN.

    • The World Cup is still some 8 months away,why not start putting Ikechukwu Ezenwa and other potential Eagles goalkeepers through the rigours of becoming World Class Goalies right away! There are goalkeeping training facilities in Europe,and the United States. If they mean well for goalkeepers in Nigeria before the World Cup in Russia,the time to start training them is now!

      • Patrick Uchechukwu Okafor 4 years ago

        For me o, after watching Nigeria demolish Argentina the way they did with their Messi-ego, my three goal keepers are Enyeama, Uzoho and Ezenwa. The others should go and hug transformer. Big loss for Carl Ikeme due to Injury.

      • Ezenwa and Daniel are both not good. But Daniel is the worst. We don’t need Daniel especially included in the World Cup team. We need Enyeama, (Carl Akeme as second keeper if he recovers), Francis Uzoho of Deportivo La Coruna Spain as second keeper and Ezemwa as third keeper.

    • Awome…sonsiongo…You’ve spoken well

    • So you Ansa or whatever you call yourself,you were happy on how Enyeama left the National team Unceremoniously after so many years of sacrifice with more than 100 caps,and was disgraced and ordered to leave the camp by a coach(Oliseh) who himself use to be arrogant to other coaches during his playing days in the National team.and are you sure your from Akwa Ibom

  • 4 this world cup, let us recall Enyema. Ezenwa can continue after de world cup.

    • Why n can u repeat a class wrn u passed an examination wit ur classmates proceedin pls biko

    • Henry 4 years ago

      Lets recall Peter Rufai. Both him and Enyeama are not playing buy he has more experience.

      • Durodee 4 years ago

        What about Emmanuel Okala.

        • Bomboy 4 years ago

          I second that Durodee. And while we are at it, let’s add Christian Chukwu in the defence since we have decided to put our faith in the past.

          • Patrick Uchechukwu Okafor 4 years ago

            You people should remember that Aiyegbeni is still playing. Let’s invite him too…Nonsense!

  • I never have faith in Ezenwa, Nigeria should look for a every good keeper and I pray Ikeme get well soon

  • Why will Ezenwa labour finish and you wan call Enyeama make e cum ripe were him no sow i swear if Nigeria treat Ezenwa na this for his world cup Nigeria no go get one point before dey go collect for group stage

    • Bros it was enyeama dat started the race o, ezenwa only had a few games so please

    • Iriogbe, So for you it’s about compensating Ezenwa than doing what’s best for Nigeria. Terrible. But you lie, whoever the coach chooses will do well and Super Eagles will go far in the world Cup. All that you have stated is for your pocket

    • Can u mention the number of games ezenwa played.. Av u also forgotten DAT it was even Daniel akpeyi Marshaled d goal post after the Karl ikeme incidence..cuz I don’t understand saying ezenwa labour.. D guys is so committed right but still lacks some vital experience bro…we need the best for the mundial.. So the coach know what he is saying.. It is his job..so he know what he want

      • Patrick Uchechukwu Okafor 4 years ago

        Gbam! You’ve said it all: we need the best for the mundial and it is the job of the Coach to get our best players. I agree with you on this.

    • Na so sentiment dey kill Nig football instead of going for merit, Ezenwa cannot withstand world cup pressure, only Enyeama n Ikeme can be relied upon

  • Enyeama got his chance to show the world what he can do at the 2002 W/Cup in Korea/Japan after the injury to Shorunmu and has blossom ever since. While he’s still my 1st choice, it would be a disservice to Ezenwa who I think has earned his place in the team. We must plan for the future and Enyeama, while still good, should be left alone. Unless desires to return. We need our best in Russia. Let’s wait and see…

  • Una better train dat guy morny n night.Let him b train digital and with enough monkeys available now he can learn or b train like one .Train him on how to jump with speed n sense from one goal post if possible to corner kick spot or else .Ghana goals na warm up

  • The older the bottle the sweeter the wine they say.but I don’t believe that in the case of Enyeama.a good manager shld be able to plan towards the inevitable.the first goalie for Germany is injured as of now but that does not mean they shld force him back to play.why do we av other international roaring to go.at least the no 1 started from somewhere.Nigeria’s coach must work hard to fill the vacuum.

  • No need 2 recall a Enyeama bt u can scout for a world class keeper in europe

  • I don’t really think we need Enyeama again…We’ve Carl Ikeme,’Super’ Ikechukwu Ezenwa,Dele Ajiboye,David Alampasu,what else do we need…I will support the recall of Enyeama 0nly if Ikeme is medically c0nfirmed
    t0 m!ss the world cup.

  • You all will never understand the expertise and professionalism of Enyeama until Ezenwa messes up.

    Enyeama is cool, calm and collected in the face of pressure. Show me a goalie that has demonstrated such!

    Leave sentiments, truth is, we need Enyeama! And the Coach knows what he is saying.

  • Abasiama Ansa,I don’t know the current form of Enyeama right now,but let’s be sincere to ourselves, Super Eagles don’t have a good goalkeeper now.World cup us not where you do experiment.

  • Coach why did u want to spoil what u build? This guy worked well for u during the qualifier, while u called eyeama and he refused to help his country out, we don’t need him, like alampasu, ezenwa and apeyi, they worked for this, if ikeme is back that us great, pls don’t spoil what u build OK, eyeama doesn’t respect Nigerians, he turned us down, he is clubless now he now want to go to world cup, no way, what will the situation look like in camp now when u invite him?

  • Still remember Onigbinde putting Enyeama in goal in place of Willie Okpara and Ike Shorunmu in the match against England. the rest is history. if Enyeama has retired he should be respected and allowed to be. we shouldn’t repeat Rufais recall to France 98 and it ended disastrously for him. we can give Ezenwa a chance from now till the world cup. he’s good and needs exposure and confidence

  • Yea i agree wit u enyeama got the experience he should be recall

  • You can recall Peter rufai if you wish but be rest assured that any mistake as a result of that your sack letter will be waiting for you.

  • What do we need him for he betrayed our trust he’s not needed any more. Pls keep him out

  • We don’t need enyeama

  • Enyeama arrogance will destroy d team..Don’t destroy what takes u two years to build

  • Correct o’jare oyinbo. Person play 2 matches dem say na labour. Akpeyin wey dey keep since before injury, wetin make e happen to am? Abeg, call who you know go do us well, all capable hands must be on deck! No be all this hypertension keepers & players joor!

  • Adamu 4 years ago

    We need Enyeama back to the team for the world cup,he as experience, and gonna help the super eagles achieved something good ahead.

  • You people did same in 1998 to recall Rufai and it was a disaster. We should learn from our past mistakes

  • Grahenlois Ade 4 years ago

    Enyeama is old and match rusty, Ezenwa is eager to make his mark and hungry for success. Train Ezenwa and bring the best out of him.

  • Nonsense where was he when we qualify for the world cup.

  • That’s a brilliant idea. Leave sentiments behind and act like a leader. The other goalies can subordinate

  • we are talking about having the talent no about young can u compare Eenwa with Enyeama the truth most be told if they is anything u have to do to bring Enteama back do please because super eagle they really need him now

  • Nosakhare Tony Aghayere is a Madrid born Nigeria goalkeeper and he play for burnley, David Nwokolor is making waves with top division Bosnian side Vitez, we have good goalkeepers in Europe

  • super eagle they don’t have a goalkeeper now wen jay jay leave the team since they the team has not even recognise again now is Enyeama pls bring him back

  • we need enyeama back please o!

  • We must learn how to welcome. E the decisions of the couch before this time we are going for the cup not just qualifying, why we always win u21, u 17 and we can’t win the world cup. Why?

  • Yes I support Enyeama recall.

  • I agree with the coach. We don’t have a “World class” goalie. But I don’t think it is a good idea to recall Vincent Enyeama back to the national team. He (Vincent) had his opportunity to come back but declined the offer. Bringing Enyeama into the team now will create bad blood. Monkey no go work make baboon come chop nahhhhhhhh??????

  • Plss ooo.. We need Enyeama

  • I Wan to remind us that wafu cup is far lesser than africa cup of nation b4 we talk of world cup, wafu is limited to only west africa even with players on africa soil only, Ezenwan Has no experience of africa biggest footb fiesta b4 we talk of world stage. we shdn’t overrate him regarding his performance @wafu afterall he conceeded 4 goals in the wafu final match, what if it were nation’s cup? but we are talking of world. mind you, the zambian disallowed goal was a clean one and shd hav been awarded but wot we benefitd was home advtage. imagine if nigeria falls in a group of south american teams like columbia, argenti or brazil, then you wld agree wit me that he isn’t the right keeper we shd have taken to the world cup. our coach is a good observer, he knows what he saw for making that statement, so, let him bring vincent if he feels to do so and make ezenwan a backup to vincent, enyiama is still a hot cake and is doing fine. he has world cup experience and still has wot it takes to discourage big strikers.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    NFF knows that we have great goal keepers in the whole world. I will name one for NFF and Rohr now. I can’t recall his real name but they call him African Buffon. This guy is always hot at his club and he is a world class keeper and he is ready to man the post for his father land. You guys can Google Africa Buffon. We will do well if NFF do not play politics this time around. We needed all our best players. We also need great strikers to compliments our supporting strikers. The half cast striker and Co, still waiting for the coach to call him because he wants to player for Nigeria. Or if Rohr is looking for experienced, we still have Ike Uche aka Gari master. Uche is doing very well. You guys can check his instagram. So, if Super Eagles failed to reach the final of next year world, it must be questionable. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Somebody should please tell this Man what happened to Nigeria in France98

  • If Enyeama is still good why is he clubless?

  • “Experience is the best teacher ” please we need Enyeama now. World Cup is not just crocodile smile ooo

  • Pls we should remember Jay Jay Okocha,Emenike,Kanu,Ikpeba and co.We need experience for d mundial.NONSENSE

  • Please to avoid one corner dance like the Ghanaians did and lost their world Cup ticket, please if Carl Ikeme is not fully recovered from injury before the mundial event, Enyeama should be recalled, I no trust Ezenwa

  • Bobrisky can do it

  • chudi 4 years ago

    why not Ejide ,why suddenly everyone forget about austin ejide,very strong and fearless.

  • Onyii 4 years ago

    Ezenwa is good no daught about that. But Eyeama just like others should be given a chance to proof themselves. Let d best mount the post

  • You think ezenwa is good Abi look let me tell you if not that our defense are very ready for the qualifiers hmmm…ezenwa go take goals o, you can not compare him with eyeama any day

  • I believe Ikechukwu Ezenwa is a good goalkeeper so also the goalkeepers in Super Eagles fold. What they need at this point is encouragement and not condemnation.Obviously Ezenwa did very and has the potential to replace Enyeama as our number one choice if Carl Ikeme failed to recover from his illness. My advice to Super Eagles Coaches is that they should arrange for quality friendly matches with some teams from Europe, Asia, South America & Africa to keep the Super Eagles team in shape before the World cup. Bringing Enyeama back to the team now might put the team in disarray or spell catastrophe. We saw what happened in France 1998 World Cup when Peter was brought back to Super Eagles team.

  • Your problem is left full back and an intelligent striker.

  • Enzewa is trying but is still need more exposure, is timing is bad, he don’t read the ball quickly thts one of is problem

  • No no eyeama was train as a word class but no to him lets use ezewa for it he can try alot pls Ezewa help us to qualify but now we are going to call un eyeama but i prefer ezewa

  • I think they should recall Enyeama back. Is very mature goalkeeper

  • We know but calling Eyeama back is dangerious.So,work on the current ones they will inprove before the tournament.

  • I think dis man shuld b sack wit immediate effect. Why r dey paying him million bro no xcusses

  • better.. I support that .he needs to be recalled

  • U’r right boss we need him bck

  • Brothers is true we need eyanma in this World Cup we need his expirence he must come back

  • Marvins 4 years ago

    David Nwokolor is the Africa Buffon,this young Lad is just 21,he is a good cat that catches anything catch able,he is on loan in Italian Club,we can call this guy for international friendlies,Ezenwa is childish and playful,it is timing is very poor,he will cause several penalties during counter attack,Beside,he is yet to be tested and tried,he was fortunate to get a solid defence that shield him.pls,Ezenwa will fumble when he face players like messi,di maria,neyma,etc

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    When Vincent Enyema kept goal in our last match against England at the 2002 World Cup, he was inexperienced but shone brilliantly. Rohr’s conditions for Enyema’s recall are for him to be injury free, get a club and be active.
    Ezenwa is good. He just needs to be supported and encouraged

  • This can’t be a sincerely true statement from the coach. In five wold cup qualifier matches, Nigeria conceded only three, one being a penalty. Which other African side performed like this. We did not even lose any match. The coach should work more on the defence line. The statement he made was made out of believe, not reality. What if Enyeama is too old at this time, won’t the coach stick to the current goalkeepers? Enyeama will be too old in 2022 when Nigeria will play another world cup, this set of goalkeepers needs world cup experience

  • no way let’s supporrt Ezenwa he can do it. no body knew Eyama before 2002 world cup. no need to recal Eyama

  • Eyama has retired let him be

  • Yeah coach please recall him we need him back to help the team.

  • Ekanem Inyang 4 years ago

    I strongly believe In the capacity of enyeama to deliver the world cup we need for nigeria With his experience and technical know-how in Goal. His humility and simplicity to associate With any set of players stand him out. I am fully convinced that aside sentiment, enyeama is the best choice for the world cup goal post for nigeria come 2018 world cup in russia.enyeama,welcome.the coach knows what he wants and what is best for his team. He knows that he will be responsible for any nagetive outcome.

  • He called the bluff of Nigeria when he was needed mostly,he would just spoil the unity in the team.

    • Mykel Meero 4 years ago

      He was literarily disgraced and insulted by Oliseh I don’t blame him 4 leaving .. He hasn’t returned bcos he has been injured his injury also cost him his club … He should be recalled if dat is wat Gerhnot thinks is best

  • If you so think we cannot do without Ikeme, and as I have said before, that his sickness could be over in a couple of two weeks if he knows what to do with our great men of God in Nigeria. (Mark 16:15-18) I refer you to ‘Rohr plots super Eagles game plan with Zambia’ of Complete Sports of 9th Sept 2017.We are richly blessed on this part of the earth. I also told you what was going to happen in Nigeria vs Zambia. See also ‘Semitoje: Eagles defence must be focused against the pacy Zambia’ of Complete Sport of 5th Oct., 2017. Ikechukwu Ezenwa had tried beyound our estimation and could be relied upon. Consider the captainship crisis that could crop up with the recall of Enyeama. Mikel Obi is doing beautifully well as far as leadership is concern.We should always seek the face of God in all we do.

  • I agreed with the coach, collectively we can make Nigeria proud.

  • D decision rests with the coach. I agree that Ezenwa is inexperienced,and Eyeama is world class. Bringing Eyeama is kind of awkward for the bonding of the team. We should scout for goalies in Europe and build healthy competition before the mundial.

  • Ojile eloho 4 years ago

    also give a call to Jordon ibe after all musa not in good form so ibe we be a good boost with eyeama back in Nigeria and I believe is going to agree playing for us

  • Chuks 4 years ago

    I am really proud of u Nigerians the way we tackle this issue it shows we all have a very good understanding of the game of football. To me I think we shld allow the coach to make his choice. If he wnts Enyeama so be it n if he believe Ezenwa is good let him go ahead n use him. There are still some grey areas in the team.
    The left full back Echejile rate of recovery very slow.
    The defensive midfield need to be beefed up incase if Onazi is injured we need a capable replacement

  • Inyang U 4 years ago

    Pls let’s remember that world cup is not for new comers, inexperience nor for the fearful. Goal keeping at this level is not for just anybody. Some people are envious of Rorh’s successes so far and would not want the coach progress beyond rank 16.

    The current keepers: ezenwa and ekpeyi are out of contention.

    Roth should recall Enyeama backed with Uzoho, and find the 3rd keeper from anywhere in the world.

    This is our chance to win World Cup. We must not toy with it by picking just any body to keep for us. Goal keeping is too sensitive to give to mediocres.

    Roth must know that at his age this may be his only chance to make the highest history of his life on earth.

    Recall Enyeama and be confident on who is at the Goal Post. Don’t give room to ‘Nigerian’sentments, or tribal issues, else they will dent your record.

    Remember you will be the one that will be blamed if we don’t reach the final.

    My Candide advice is that Right should resign if his choice of Engeama is not allowed and Nigerian football lovers go on riot.

    Roth, we love you. Stick on your decision for Enyeama and you will not regret.