BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA
The glaring absence of an effective goalkeeper in the Super Eagles have again come to the fore following the home defeat the team suffered from South Africa in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duel.
The absence of first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is due to lingering injury. Since the retirement from international duties by his predecessor and captain of the team, Vincent Enyeama, goalkeeping has been a major concern in the Super Eagles.
On Saturday, the two goals, especially the second one, were largely attributed to the poor form of Daniel Akpeyi in goal. And so for the first time in a long time, the Nigerian national team had not been able to establish a successor to a retiring or fading goalkeeper.
Current Super Eagles, goal keeper trainer, Alloy Agu has promised that answers to the goalkeeping problems in the national team will soon be found, especially in the days leading to the next major assignments, the back-to-back fixtures with Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers.
Agu told Sports Village Square that he believed the Super Eagles will still make it the next Arica Cup of Nations, no matter how difficult the exercise will be.
“We, the technical crew, are currently doing our best to make sure we put smiles in our fans’ faces. From the goal keeping department down to the midfield and attack, everything is still work in progress.
“I am sure our fans will be waiting to see a better performance in our next game. I am using this medium to apologize for the team woes.
“We will do all our best to make sure the goal keepers and players work hands in hand to eradicate all mistakes committed in the match with the South Africans in Uyo.
“We know the danger in losing an opening game, especially at home and I am confident we will pull surprises.”