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Uzoho injury reboots Nigeria Super Eagles' goalkeeping crisis

From the moment that Francis Uzoho landed awkwardly after going up for a cornerback and colliding with Brazil's Casemiro, it was instantly obvious to Nigeria's goalkeeper that something had gone very wrong.

For the rest of us, we needed a few more seconds and multiple TV replays to catch up. And one of those angles of his knee looked especially horrific.

The goalkeeper immediately started taking off his gloves, and it was clear from that action alone that his day was done. What neither Uzoho nor...

Nigeria goalkeeper rotation threatens Super Eagles' Afcon hopes

Over the past four years, a combination of circumstances has seen Nigeria witness a five-goalkeeper rotation; it is by far the highest turnover of goalies in the Super Eagles' history.

When Vincent Enyeama retired abruptly in 2015, his place was taken by second-choice Carl Ikeme. Less than two years later, Ikeme called time on his career after being diagnosed with leukaemia. Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa jostled briefly for the spot before it was eventually claimed by outsider Francis Uzoho.

This...

Uzoho absence reopens door to Ezenwa, Akpeyi vs. Bafana

Nigeria find themselves in a goalkeeping pickle as they prepare to face South Africa in what is shaping up to be one of the biggest grudge matches of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

It's an unfortunately familiar state of affairs.

Just before the first game of the campaign, the Super Eagles were hit with news of the enforced retirement of goalkeeper Carl Ikeme following his leukaemia diagnosis.

South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi was called up and leapfrogged Ikechukwu Ezenwa for...

Injured Francis Uzoho out of South Africa clash

Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho will miss the Super Eagles' 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa this month after picking up an injury in Elche's 5-1 defeat by Cadiz on Sunday.

A statement on the club's website notes that radiology tests have revealed the Deportivo La Coruna loanee has fractured his costal cartilage. He's set to be out for four weeks, and will not join the Super Eagles for the qualifier on November 17 at the FNB Stadium.

The news will come as a major setback...

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For countries around the world, getting to the World Cup is half the battle. The same is true for their players. Even before ever suiting up for a match, being named to a 23-man World Cup roster is a remarkable accomplishment and a sign that you've arrived. For young players, it's also a great indicator of stardom to come.

Take Ronaldo, for example. While Brazil was winning the World Cup in America during the summer of 1994, a 17-year-old Ronaldo was sitting on scorching-hot benches around the...

Nigeria's Uzoho inclusion further indictment of NPFL

It's now looking almost certain that Francis Uzoho, an untested, inexperienced teenager with only two La Liga outings for Deportivo La Coruna will be Nigeria's first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia.

Uzoho will not be 20 until October, but on Tuesday, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr confirmed that the youngster will start again for the Super Eagles against the Czech Republic in Austria on Wednesday.

That will make it the fifth consecutive start for the former junior international, and his...