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Chairman of Nigeria football association:'Okoye is an exciting talent'

Tue 10 November 2020 | 20:50

Maduka Okoye ought to be in goal when Nigeria face Sierra Leone in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, as indicated by experienced football chairman of Nigeria, Adam Mouktar Mohammed.

The Sparta Rotterdam

goalkeeper demonstrated a high-quality play during the Super Eagles' ongoing international excursions against

Algeria

and

Tunisia

. In those games, he won the hearts of a few fans inferable from his amazing reactions just as his balance that focused on decidedly on edge line. 

With the arrival of the setup Daniel Akpeyi to the Nigerian group, Gernot Rohr will have a sweet headache to choose between the two capable goalkeepers. 

Nonetheless, the FCT FA boss rooting for the

21-year-old

who 'is playing at top level'. 

Okoye is an exciting talent and he is coming from a country known to produce great goalkeeping talents – which is Germany,” Mohammed told Goal.com

“So, I think it’s time that you should not take too much risk, but we’ve seen him and he looks like a safe pair of hands, so why not [put him in goal]?

“These are the kind of matches that will give him confidence and would also reassure Nigerians that he is one for the future and that he can play at that high level.

“I think we should give Okoye a chance and that would cement his place and then the competition can pick up from there.”

The director makes light of talk that Okoye is unpracticed and as such could cost the three-time African rulers whenever put in objective against the Leone Stars who are in desperate need of success in Benin City while expressing that Nigeria will be home and dry come Friday. 

Some administrative officials believe Okoye is not ready and too young to be the number one against Leone players for three-time African Cup winners.

“I don’t think so because he is playing at a high level and he has had the schooling and he has passed through that rudiments at a high level. I think he is going to be able to stand on his own,” he continued.

“Gernot Rohr has obviously scouted him for a long time, so for him to bring him in, he must have done his due diligence to know that he can withstand the pressure because goalkeeping is a very important position where the team builds up and gets the confidence. That is a critical position for the country.

“There are no minnows now in African football, Nigeria is always a tricky match. You are going there you don’t know what you are going to see and what you are going to get.

“They are going to be fighting for name and pride, so, we have to go in there, do the business early, and pick the points. It's not going to be easy but I think we should be able to get something out of this.”


source: SportMob