Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes that it was a ‘logical’ decision to leave Dele
Ajiboye out of his latest Super Eagles squad despite his heroics during the African
Nations Championship, ESPN reports.
No doubt, the Nigerian team still has the problems of Goalkeeper following the
retirement of Vincent Enyeama and Carl Ikeme’s leukaemia diagnosis.
Following the quality of the heroic display of Ajiboye during the Eagles’ 1-0 CHAN
semi-final victory over Sudan, one would have thought Ajiboye would secure a place
in the Nigerian squad ahead of their upcoming friendlies against Poland and Serbia.
“They already had their chance,” Goal quoted Rohr as saying when asked about
Ajiboye and Dele Alampasu’s non-inclusion in the latest Eagles squad. “Remember
that we have invited Dele.
“Dele was second choice in the CHAN team, and it’d be surprising that he was No. 1
and (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa No. 2 in the Super Eagles.
“We must be logical in our choices.”
Meanwhile, Alampasu had been another contender to come into the team, but his
inactivity looks likely to cost him a World Cup berth. The keeper hasn’t featured for
Feirense this term, and hasn’t played a competitive match since April 2017.
“Alampasu, unfortunately, is never playing,” added Rohr. “You cannot take a
goalkeeper who is never playing.”
With Ajiboye and Alampasu overlooked, Ezenwa appears favourite to start between
the sticks at the World Cup, with Daniel Akpeyi and wonderkid Francis Uzoho his
“Uzoho made his debut for Nigeria against Argentina and did very well,” the coach
continued. “He plays for the second team of (Deportivo) La Coruna; we could see him
(at the World Cup).”