Nigeria

Adeleye In Prime Position To Dislodge Uzoho, Okoye As Super Eagles First Choice For Algeria Friendly

The list of invited players for the senior national team of Nigeria upcoming international friendly game against Algeria was made public on Saturday with three goalkeepers named in the squad.

Jose Peseiro picked Francis Uzoho, Maduka Okoye and Adebayo Adeleye as the three goalkeepers for the game on the 27th of September. It will be his fifth game sinve he was appointed coach of the Nigerian team.

One area which has been of concern to the Portuguese is the goalkeeping department where the preferred first and second choice are not having regular run of games at their respective teams.

Uzoho who has kept in all of the games under the Portuguese has only played one game in the league and had a 45 minute substitute appearance in the Europa League for his team Omonia Nicosia. Since joining the team last summer he has failed to displace Fabiano as the first choice of the team.

Okoye was prime to be the first choice goalkeeper of English Championship side Watford when he was signed for a huge fee from Sparta Rotterdam. However that hasn’t been the case so far. He has only kept goal in one game which is the Carabao Cup defeat to MK Dons.

Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is the first choice of the team while Okoye rotates the second choice role with veteran goalkeeper Ben Hamer. They have both taken their turn on the bench for league games.

Their predicament is in sharp contrast with that of Adeleye who has started the season on a high with Israeli side Hapoel Katamon. He has kept goal in all of their three games with two clean sheets to his name. Simply put he is the only regular among the trio.

The 22 year old former Nigeria U17 goalkeeper comes into this game match fit and in prime position to stake a claim for the number one spot of the team, even though he is yet to be capped at this level for Nigeria.