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King blames Shorunmu

By Jide Ajani
Former Nigerian number one goalkeeper, Raymond King was disappointed by Super Eagles assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu for ignoring his advice on the choice of Sunday Rotimi over Ambrose Vazenkin as Eagles keeper in the final of the WAFU Cup on Saturday.

Speaking at half time after Rotimi had conceded two goals in the match, a dejected Raymond King told Sports Vanguard, “I warned Ike about this boy. I advised him to rest him for  Vazenkin  in  the finalbecause I am not always comfortable with Rotimi in goal. Sunday is too dull to be a successful goalkeeper,” he said.

Angel Di Maria of Argentina chips in the opening goal past goalkeeper Ambrose Vanzekin of Nigeria in the Men's Gold Medal football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the National Stadium on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China.Photo Zimbio

Continuing, Raymond King said, “a good goalkeeper must dominate the backline. You must be constantly in control of the situation back there. You direct your defenders by ensuring your defence line is organised. Talk to them whether the ball is at the end of the field.

You must be seen to be active. You must keep jogging or dance to the tune of the supporters songs even when the ball is at the end of the field. By doing that you cannot be taken unawares.”

Unfortunately, the former Nigeria international said Sunday Rotimi stands idle, at times forgetting himself by watching the game like a spectator.

He held the goalkeeper responsible for Nigeria’s loss to Togo.

“Look at the third goal from that free kick, even my goalkeeper at Sunshine cannot concede that. For me Vazenkin is better than Rotimi because he is more active and more domineering.”


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