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Peseiro unfazed by Uzoho's criticism, says goalie remains Nigeria's best

Posted : 17 November 2023
Super Eagles Head Coach, Jose Peseiro, has expressed confidence in his first-choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, despite continuous clamor from Nigerians for the Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper to be dropped due to persistent errors.

The three-time AFCON champions are presently experiencing a nosedive in fortune in the goalkeeper department since the retirement of Vincent Enyeama from the team. The goalkeepers that have been in place, especially after the exit of Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with cancer, which forced him out of the Super Eagles, have all been considered flops.

However, Super Eagles gaffer, Peseiro, has risen to the defense of Uzoho, stating that he has a place in the team despite his underwhelming performances.

"I believe in the goalkeepers in the camp, Ojo Olorunleke, Amas Obasogie. I believe in our goalkeepers; I believe in Uzoho Francis also. I know it’s too much pressure over the goalkeeper here,” he added.

“Understand the mistake that our strikers lose many chances sometimes, but it’s normal in football. The strikers lose chances, and midfielders lose passes, or sometimes the goalkeeper makes some mistakes. Everybody knows he did a mistake against Saudi Arabia; he knows, I know. I spoke with him; he spoke with me.”

On his preferred choice for the World Cup qualifiers against the Crocodiles of Lesotho, Peseiro hinted that Uzoho remains the best that Nigeria has at the moment.

"When I see one goalkeeper better than Uzoho, I will bring him. I am not stupid; I want to play the best players I think. I don’t want to lose; I want to win. But he has my confidence,” Peseiro concluded.


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