Rohr moves to tackle Nigeria’s goalkeeping issues

Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr has dispatched one of the team’s goalkeeper trainers, Pionetti Enrico to Spain to do some work with young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the move on Sunday.

Enrico, who joined the Eagles ahead of the B squad’s 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Benin Republic six months ago, arrived in Spain penultimate weekend.

Uzoho was reserve goalkeeper as Nigeria’s U17 boys won the FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, and won his first senior cap in a friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar in November last year. The Spain-based goalie is said to have impressed Coach Rohr.

Fans of Nigeria are seriously concerned about Eagles’ goalkeeping duties at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, with Carl Ikeme (who was between the number goalkeeping for the qualifying matches against Swaziland and Zambia at the beginning of the race) still undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Uzoho has kept 10 clean sheets out of 14 matches for the Deportivo La Coruna B squad this term and showed tremendous confidence and agility in the Eagles’ come-from-behind defeat of reigning world vice champions Argentina.