Okocha surprised by Okoye's omission from Nigeria's AFCON 2023 squad

Posted : 12 January 2024

Super Eagles icon Austin Okocha expresses disappointment with the Nigeria Football Federation's treatment of Udinese goalkeeper Maduka Okoye. Despite Okoye being Nigeria's primary goalkeeper in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, he faced criticism for a 1-0 loss to Tunisia. Since then, head coach Jose Peseiro has consistently favored Frank Uzoho.


Peseiro's selection for the 2023 AFCON includes Uzoho, Stanley Nwabili, and Olorunleke Ojo, omitting Okoye, the only Nigerian goalkeeper in a top-five European league. Okocha questions this decision, emphasizing Okoye's valuable training and football background in Germany and the Netherlands.


Okocha laments the mishandling of Okoye post-Tunisia, highlighting concerns about player management in the national team. Despite Uzoho likely securing the top goalkeeper spot for AFCON, Okocha believes Okoye's exclusion is a peculiar choice given his training and experience.

 

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