Ezenwa plays down Super Eagles goalkeeping situation

Optimistic Nigeria will defeat South Africa


Super Eagles and FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, is optimistic that Nigeria will beat South Africa when both teams faceoff in Uyo next weekend in an AFCON qualifier.

Ezenwa who deputised for injured number one Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme in the two friendly matches against Corsica and Togo in the cause of the week gave himself a satisfactory score while also praising the team for a good showing.

“We thank God for the victory against Togo because it’s a morale booster. From my assessment, I think I did well. I put in everything to make sure we came out victorious. My defenders always did everything they were supposed to do for me. It was not an easy game.

“Maybe people think it was, after hearing the score line but it wasn’t. Togo are a very good side,” Ezenwa said while speaking to AOIFootball.com.

Ezenwa who won silver medal at Beijing Olympics football event with the Dream Team coached by Samson Siasia was quick to emphasise the importance of starting the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers with a victory against South Africa.

“It’s very important, it’s our pride. We need to be at the Nations Cup. They stopped us few years ago so we have to be very careful and start on a good note. Just like we started the World Cup qualifiers on a good note and everything will flow,”

Ezenwa who is the current captain of the CHAN Eagles dismissed any worries concerning the Super Eagles goalkeeping situation and reassured fans of the Eagles on the quality of the goalkeepers in camp, even in the absence of number one choice Carl Ikeme who is currently out injured.

“For me, there is no cause for alarm because the three of us (goalkeepers) invited are up to the task. When I was subbed for Alampasu in the 73rd minute, he did very well. In the goalkeeping department, Nigerians should not have any worry. We’re all there to work. We believe we’re going to make this country proud.

“Whoever gets to man the post, we believe we’re going to put in our best for our beloved country.”

Ezenwa was also full of praise for the job been done by German coach Gernot Rohr.

“He has brought in competitiveness in the national team and everyone is really committed to the success of the team which is the impact of the coach “

The Super Eagles are back in Nigeria after a successful 10-days training tour in France which was designed to build cohesion and grant debuts to several first timers.

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