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Rohr confirms Okoye as Eagles No.1 goalie

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Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, has finally declared Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, as Super Eagles first choice goaltender, Orient Sports, reports.

The Franco/German tactician reckons that Maduka has done enough to earn the senior national team’s starting gloves after his impressive performances for the West African three time AFCON winners.

“No. 1 is Maduka,” Rohr said to ESPN.

“These decisions, I take them with [goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu] because he is a specialist for goalkeeper training.

“Myself and Alloy, we agreed that it’s actually Maduka. We have the experienced [Daniel Akpeyi] doing good matches with this club in South Africa.

“We have the young [Francis Uzoho] coming back after injury, but he has to play also now not only on the bench. We have also [Matthew Yakubu]. There’s a good potential now because this position was a big problem for us so we have more now.”

Rohr also defended Okoye after the Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany goalie conceded four goals in the 4-4 home draw against Sierra Leone last November.

“You cannot drop a player because you say he plays one bad game,”Rohr added

“It is bad for his confidence”.

The Super Eagles will face neighbours Benin Republic and Lesotho in their final two games of the of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign next month.

“You cannot drop a player because you say he plays one bad game,”Rohr added

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