Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has finally broken his silence on the two current Super Eagles goalkeepers, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Francis Uzoho…
“Uzoho tried, but if you ask me to choose between him and Ezenwa, I will go for Ezenwa. Uzoho do not have the finesse of a great goalkeeper and is still raw. The mistakes the goalkeeper made did not result in goals that is why his defects are not too conspicuous to the ordinary fan.”
“What you look out for in a goalkeeper is his ability to be ‘clean’. By this I mean his movement, the way he does his catches, how he parries the ball and general technicalities required of a goalkeeper. This is where Ezenwa has an edge over him. Ezenwa’s movement in the goal line, his commanding presence and how he organises his back four was what we missed at the World Cup in Russia. He is a natural goalkeeper.”
“Uzoho has every opportunity to shine. He got the coach’s backing and is primed for greatness. If Ezenwa got the same kind of support, I am sure we would have been talking of something else by now.”
For those who don’t know, the veteran goalkeeper had been between the sticks for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 World Cup tournaments.