First choice keeper and skipper of the Super Eagles at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN), Chigozie Agbim, has pleaded with Nigerian fans to forgive his floppy display in the first two games of the championship so far.
Agbim, who spoke to the team’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya at the team’s Garden Court De Waal hotel abode in Cape Town said he was the most disappointed individual at the display and assured that if given the chance to continue as the number one goalie of the national team he will make up for past mistakes.
He assured that he will be better in subsequent encounters.
“No goalkeeper in the world will be happy to concede cheap goals and for a keeper of my caliber I am most disappointed than anyone else but that is football and I can’t dwell in the past.
“I have to forget and plead with fans of the game to understand and forgive so that we can jointly forge ahead. I promise that I will do better next time and it’s a promise I wish to keep”, he said.
Head Coach of the team, Stephen Keshi, defended his captain for the flops, noting that the keeper may have limitations like all goalkeepers in the world but the poor state of the Cape Town Stadium contributed greatly to his performance.
“It’s a team work and we cannot single out one individual for blame, otherwise we had a situation in the game against Mozambique when a player had an empty net and yet could not slot the ball in until the opposing defender cleared it.
“I have worked with Agbim now for two years plus and if he was not good he will not be here we must learn to understand our players and forgive errors, especially as he is the last man in the defence and his own errors are easily seen by all.”