Super Eagles’ goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu has insisted that ex-captain of the team Vincent Enyeama is open to an opportunity to be part of the World Cup squad despite the fact that there is no goalkeeping problem in the team.
“We don’t have goalkeepers’ problem, there have never been anytime we were in crisis in that department. As for Vincent, he is welcomed into the team, the coach has said the door is not closed against any good player including Vincent,” he said.
He further gave an insight into why it was difficult for the technical crew to reinstall Daniel Akpeyi in goal despite returning from injury and elected to stay put with Ikechukwu Ezenwa against Zambia.
Akpeyi was expected to man the goal post in Eagles’ back-to-back World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon last month but injury forced him out of those games and Ezenwa was inevitably chosen to face the Indomitable Lions.
The IfeanyiUbah FC shot stopper never disappointed as Nigeria beat Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo and played out a 1-1 draw in Yaoundé four days later. Akpeyi was back in action for his club and got invited for the Eagles’ last home game against Zambia.
Many pundits thought Manager Gernot Rohr would go with his most experienced goalkeeper in camp for the tie with the Chipolopolo but the German opted for Ezenwa instead. Agu, who was part of the decision, said they could not have done anything otherwise because Ezenwa had proved he was ready for the big challenge.
He said it would have been unfair to drop the home-based goalkeeper after stellar showing in the Cameroon matches and WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana.
“It would be too bad to drop him, that could affect him psychologically because Ezenwa had done incredibly well and had racked up a number of appearances before the Zambia game.
It is not that Akpeyi is bad, he is one of the best around but Ezenwa did well against Cameroon, he also went to WAFU Cup and kept four clean sheets couple with two matches against Benin Republic in CHAN qualifiers, he was in good shape for Zambia, he reacted very well during training and thank God we won and picked the ticket to the World Cup,” he said.