Abdullahi Maikaba, the Technical Adviser of Kano Pillars Football Club, has recommended Kingdom Osayi and Amas Obasogie of Doma United and Bendel Insurance, respectively, as good alternatives to resolve the Super Eagles' goalkeeping crisis.
Maikaba made this statement in an interview with journalists shortly after the NPFL 2023/2024 Match Day 13 fixture played at Pantami Township Stadium, Gombe, where Kano Pillars lost 0-1 to Doma United.
He suggested that both players deserved a call-up to the national team due to their excellent form, offering a solution to the goalkeeping challenges faced by the Super Eagles.
Maikaba expressed hope that the national team selectors would pay attention to the Nigerian league, acknowledging the improvement in football at the league level.
Regarding the game outcome, Maikaba dismissed the notion that Doma United was better than Kano Pillars, emphasizing that his team was unfortunate not to equalize. He remained optimistic about his team's chances to recover and climb to the top.
Explaining why 18-year-old Yusuf Abdullahi, who scored five goals in a previous game, could not score this time, Maikaba mentioned pressure. He revealed that there was pressure on the young player from those trying to facilitate his move to clubs outside the country.
Maikaba appreciated the supporters' turnout at the NPFL game, considering it beneficial for football development in Nigeria.
Doma United's Head Coach, Akinade Onigbinde, echoed Maikaba's recommendation for Kingdom Osayi, asserting that Osayi deserved a national team call-up based on his outstanding performances and saves. Onigbinde assured the Super Eagles' coach, Jose Peseiro, that Osayi would not disappoint if given the opportunity.
Osayi attributed his success to God and the constant prayers and support from Doma United fans. He expressed excitement at the prospect of playing for the national team and promised to give his best if given the opportunity.
Osayi was named the NPFL Player of the Month for November, and Doma United's coach received the Coach of the Month award. Emmanuel Ekpenyong scored the only goal of the game, securing Doma United's position at the top of the NPFL table with 25 points. The Pantami Township Stadium witnessed a full crowd of 12,000 fans supporting their teams.