By Onochie Anibeze
Super Eagles goal keeper trainer Alloy Agu has said that the technical crew would intensify their monitoring of players at home and abroad but insisted that time had run out for them to try unknown players. He called such an exercise, gambling.
He was reacting to calls for them to include a home-based goalkeeper in the team. He was challenged to produce a home-based keeper who could make the Super Eagles team.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing wrong in such challenges but I just want to say that we have crucial matches and it will be dangerous to gamble with any unknown player right now. We are focussed on qualifying for the World Cup and weâ€™ll get there. We have three outstanding goal- keepers in Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Dele Aiyenugba. These are great hands at the moment and we are focussed.
But with time weâ€™ll begin to accommodate more players. It is natural that as some are dropping out, some will be coming into the team. Nobody remains forever. Weâ€™ll make necessary changes when the time arises but for now, it is too close, the time is too short to gamble and I donâ€™t think the head coach (Amodu Shuaibu) would like to gamble.â€
The two friendly matches before Eagles beat Kenya 3-0 in Abuja threw up players like Michael Eneramo and won fans for Echiejele. It was also good for Olubayo Adefemi. From Alloyâ€™s remarks, the technical crew would rather concentrate, for now, on the already known players than to experiment with new ones but he reminded quickly that â€œexcept thereâ€™s an exceptional caseâ€.
Eagles would not play any friendly match before they meet Tunisia September 6 in Abuja but Alloy said that â€œAmodu will intensify monitoring of our players so that we will invite the best based on current form at the time of the match.â€