Overblowing Mikel, others’ injuries can affect Super Eagles, says Agu
Super Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer, Alloy Agu, has called on football lovers in the country to stop overblowing injuries of Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, Carl Ikeme and Vincent Enyeama ahead of the 2019 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa slated for Uyo.
Agu noted that the anxiety over who replaces Ikeme was capable of demoralising the other keepers in the team.
The former Eagles goalkeeper stated that all the invited goaltenders and players to the national team have equal chance of picking the first team shirt for the AFCON qualifier. He stressed that over rating one player over the other at this point could create bad blood among the players.
He said the nation is blessed with lots of talents that can handle any team during the qualifiers, stressing that an injury to any player cannot affect the Super Eagles in the showdown against South Africa.
He explained that the Eagles coaches are not under any pressure on who replaces Ikeme, as Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezinwa are good enough to do the nation proud.
The former Super Eagles captain also added that the Eagles coaches where working round the clock to select the best players for the AFCON tie.
“I do not understand why there is much worry over the Eagles goalkeeping position. We have quality goalkeepers that can replace Ikeme. All that is needed now is to pray for Mikel, Ikeme and Enyeama to get well soon. There is no course for alarm because the coaches are working hard to see how younger goalkeepers can be injected into the team.
“Other goalkeepers in the Eagles team need encouragement to succeed. Mentioning their injuries will not augur well ahead of the AFCON qualifier against South Africa. Every player and goalkeeper in the Super Eagles have equal chance of getting a team shirt. The players need the support of Nigerians to be succeed,’’ he said.