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‘Akpeyi still first choice goalkeeper’

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Despite the criticism that trailed Daniel Akpeyi’s performance against Burundi in Nigeria’s opening game on Saturday, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr will retain the Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa goalkeeper in today’s game against Guinea.

According to Rohr, Akpeyi is the new number one goalkeeper followed by Ikechukwu Ezenwa, while Russia 2018 World Cup number one, Francis Uzoho has dropped to the third position.

Ezenwa’s hope of snatching the number one spot from Akpeyi was derailed by a knee injury he copped in Asaba before the team moved to Egypt.

Rohr summed up his decisions at yesterday’s media conference: “Akpeyi played the first match because in the three weeks preparations he became number one.

“I don’t decide in this position alone because we have a good goalkeeper coach Alloy and even my assistant Imama is a former goalkeeper so we speak about this problem everyday each time we are together. So we decided together that Akpeyi starts as number one.

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“ At first, Ezenwa had a little knee injury in one of the first training sessions in Asaba, so he had to rest and came back slowly, so he lost his number one position because of his injury.

“Akpeyi played in the friendlies, he did well and there was no reason to change. Now Ezenwa is coming back and there’s real competition because we agreed Francis Uzoho is number three, so for the game for tomorrow we will have a big decision to take who will start the game.”

“I think that Daniel Akpeyi with the clean sheet in the first match and very difficult ball he stopped in the match against Burundi, I think he will be maintained as the number one.”


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