The newly appointed goalkepper’s tranier of the senior national team of Nigeria Ike Shorunmu has picked Francis Uzoho as the new first choice goalkepper of the team.
Uzoho was in goal for the Super Eagles in four straight games with regular first choice the past two years Maduka Okoye absent due to fitness issues but there are however suggestions that he deliberately skipped the games.
Shorunmu while speaking on the goalkepper’s situation of the team says Uzoho for now is the first choice goalkepper of the team, and said Okoye need time off the team to recover from the barrage of attacks he received for his error in the Super Eagles round of 16 loss to Tunisia at the Africa Cup of Nations.
“Uzoho from my observation needs more encouragement and support. I have to change the training strategy to beef up his confidence”, he told Alex Monye of the online version of The Guardian.
“It has been a long I left the national team duties and so many things have changed. But I have to keep focusing on building the goalkeeping department.,” he stated.
For Okoye he reckoned the new Watford goalkepper need to be left alone to settle in his new surroundings as well as sort whatever it is that will affect his confidence for the Super Eagles.
“I think it is a mind thing and there is no need to disturb him. We have to wait for him to put himself on track,” he added.