Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Goalkeeper Shuffle for Super Eagles as Okoye Pulls Out; Obasogie Gets the Call

by Hashim
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Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro faces a goalkeeper reshuffle as Udinese’s Maduka Okoye withdraws from Nigeria’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Lesotho, MySportDab report.

Peseiro initially called up Okoye, recognizing his recent form despite previous omissions due to limited playing time at his club.

However, a setback has emerged as Okoye has pulled out of the upcoming fixtures, prompting Peseiro to summon Bendel Insurance’s shot-stopper, Amas Obasogie, to fill the void.

This development compounds the team’s challenges, with Adebayo Adeleye already unavailable. As it stands, Francis Uzoho is the sole experienced goalkeeper in the camp.

The decision to bring in Obasogie reflects the coach’s confidence in the Bendel Insurance goalkeeper, who has showcased his skills in seven games this season.

Notably, Obasogie boasts an impressive record of six clean sheets and has conceded just one goal, making him a promising addition to the squad.

The Super Eagles are gearing up for their World Cup qualifying campaign, with fixtures against Lesotho on November 16 and a journey to Zimbabwe for their second group game on November 19.

The goalkeeper shuffle adds an element of unpredictability to the team’s preparations, emphasizing the need for adaptability and cohesion among the players.

As the Super Eagles aim to make a strong start to their World Cup qualification journey, the coaching staff will be working to integrate Obasogie seamlessly into the squad while maintaining the team’s focus on securing crucial victories in the upcoming matches.

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