Bounce Exclusive: Five Goalkeepers That Can Fly With Super Eagles
The goalkeepers’ trainer for the Nigeria national team Alloy Agu has announced the search for more backups in the goalkeeping department of the Super Eagles.
Agu made the disclosure of the ‘ultimate search’ following the reoccurring injury for Carl Ikeme and the reported refusal of Vincent Enyeama to accept the olive branch from Coach Genort Rohr.
Bounce News has deployed its scouts to comb the nooks and crannies. Here is a short list of some talents goalies.
1. Ojo Olorunleke (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)
Olorunleke is presently plying his trade with Nigeria Professional Football League side, Sunshine Stars.
The 21-year old has a lot going his way this season with the Akure Gunners.
Olurunleke considers himself as a specialist in saving penalty kicks and he has stopped 4 spot kicks this season.
Having played for the Flying Eagles, Olorunleke should fit in to the Super Eagles set-up swiftly.
2. Dele Alampasu (Cesarense, Portugal)
The former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper Dele Alampasu has shown promise in training when invited to the senior national team.
With the likes of Carl Ikeme, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa all in their 30s, the Feirense shot stopper on loan at third-tier Portuguese Cesarense should have a look in from the technical crew.
Alampasu was in the Super Eagles squad for their last game, the World Cup qualifier win over Algeria in Uyo in November.
3. Emmanuel Daniel (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Having made his mark in the NPFL with Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers, Daniel has exported his skills to South African side, Orlando Pirates.
The 23-year old represented Nigeria at the 2015 African Games and 2016 Summer Olympics where his heroics contributed to the Dream Team VI making the podium in Brazil.
4. Ayotunde Ikuepamitan (HNK Sibenik, Croatia)
Not many know so much about Ayotunde. But having been able to sign for a club in Europe and playing regularly show he has potential that should be allowed to glow.
The Ondo-state born keeper learnt his trade at the Abuja Soccer Academy famous for producing many talented footballer including former Super Eagles winger, Pius Ikedia.
5. Theohilus Afelokhai
The Enyimba goalie is the oldest on the shortlist at 27. But his experience cannot be wished aside. After a long stint with Kano Pillars where he won three league titles, Afelokhai is still waxing strong with the People's Elephant.
Having Petr Cech has his mentor, Afelokhai can still give at least three productive years to the Nigeria national team in the interim.