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Rohr backs Uzoho for Africa Cup of Nations spot

Francis Uzoho
Francis Uzoho

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has ruled out a change in approach heading into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The German mentor has backed his goalkeeping trio to keep their place in the squad for continental showpiece, this despite Francis Uzoho’s struggles at club level this season.

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Fellow Super Eagles shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi has himself fallen in and out of contention at Absa Premiership club Kaizer Chiefs, but despite admitting his goalkeeping concerns, Rohr is not about to call-up another goalkeeper.

“We have a little challenge because our young goalkeeper Uzoho has not really played at his club this season,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

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“Uzoho made one mistake in the last qualifier [against Seychelles] but we gave him a chance with the youth under-23 and it was good for his confidence.

“Daniel Akpeyi is playing now for a big team in South Africa and doing very well. Our third goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa too is good so we can work harder with them.

“We have a good spirit as a team since the World Cup, so there’s no time to bring in new players,” Rohr concluded.

Nigeria make a return to the Africa Cup of Nations this year, having missed the last two tournaments.

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