Friday Ekpo has been left unimpressed by Gernot Rohr’s strong backing of Francis Uzoho.
The Super Eagles’ German coach let out that Uzoho is Nigeria’s best goalkeeper. The coach’s view came straight after this month’s 2-2 draw against Ukraine.
Ekpo believes that Rohr's comments won’t do much as far as motivating other squad keepers. Ekpo says the comments will diminish confidence rather than healthy competition.
“I don’t see reason why Rohr should be coming out to the press to say that the Super Eagles don’t have goalkeeping issues again based on Uzoho’s performance in the Ukraine friendly,” Ekpo said.
“This statement will not encourage other goalkeepers in the team to be at their best when in camp. For a national team to be solid, there must be continuous competition among players and keepers."
“When a goalkeeper believes that his other colleagues are equally good like him, he will work extra hard to keep his number one shirt… this also goes to players.”
“If you want to look at it from another perspective, Alloy Agu, who is the Super Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer, is the person that has the right to acknowledge the quality of a goalkeeper, not Rohr.”
“All that football loving Nigerians need is continuous quality performance from all departments of the Super Eagles. We need more results than words,” Ekpo concluded.
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