By Adeboye Amosu:
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has stated that young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has a little edge over his two other rivals for the goalkeeping position, but admitted that he is yet to make up his mind on who will be in goal for the team in Saturday’s Group D fixture against Croatia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Youngster Francis Uzoho has started the Super Eagles’ last five games and and is seen by many as the successor to Carl Ikeme who will not be in Russia due to health concerns.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in goal in four of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying games, while Daniel Akpeyi was involved in one.
But Rohr insisted the position is still up for grabs with the duo of Ezenwa and Akpeyi still hoping to dislodge the youngster.
“We have three good goalkeepers and the competition is open, although at the moment, Francis Uzoho has a little advantage,” Rohr told Argentine online news outlet Ole.com.ar.
“There’s a lot of pressure on him, but we’ll see him in the next few days of training.”
Nigeria’s opening game against the Croats will be at the Kaliningrad Stadium.