Uzoho’s Injury Won’t Affect Eagles Against South Africa — Spokesman
Some Nigerians have been worried since news broke that the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho had gotten injured and would miss the crunch AFCON qualifier against South Africa on Saturday, Nov. 17.
But the Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye on Wednesday said Uzoho’s injury would not affect the team’s chances when they square up with Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
The 20-year-old youngster, Uzoho, cupped a rib injury playing for his Spanish second division club side Elche in their 1-5 loss against Cadiz on Sunday and will be out for four weeks.
In place of Uzoho, the Super Eagle’s gaffer, Gernot Rohr called on dependable Enyimba FC’s shot stopper, Theophilus Afelokhai, as replacement.
However, the Super Eagles faces a race to record a win in South Africa to avenge the defeat it suffered in the first match of the AFCON qualifiers.
It will be recalled that the Rohr-tutored team suffered a shocking 0-2 loss to the Stuart Baxter’s side at the Nest of Champions Uyo on June 10, 2017.
Not minding the first game loss, Nigeria now top Group E of the AFCON qualifiers with nine points from four matches, a point ahead of second-placed South Africa.
A win for the three-time African champions in the match will seal a qualification ticket to next year’s tournament in Cameroon, after missing the two previous editions.
Ibitoye believes Uzoho’s injury presented an opportunity for other goalkeepers to impress, adding that there was no preference among them because they are all good hands.
“Three goalkeepers have been invited now, but only two will be picked. It is important for us to have three in camp because of injury.
“The coach will choose the best two in consultation with his staff. The ones invited are up to the task and it is a good opportunity for them to prove themselves.
“Everybody will be given a level playing ground, according to the coach and I can say that it won’t affect our chances in South Africa.
“We have to make do with what we have in camp now and also enjoin all to support the team in this crucial game, that is all what is required from the fans,” he said.
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