By Jacob Ajom
In his active days as Nigeriaâ€™s number one goalkeeper, he was known for his patriotism and the zeal to win. He emerged as the first choice keeper in the midst of very stiff competition from more experienced and equally talented goal tenders.
In one of his heroics for the country, he lost a tooth in a World Cup qualifier. Aloy Agu belonged to the generation of players that started their careers in the domestic league before going abroad
On retirement, the former goalkeeper went on to hone his skills as a coach, where he specialised as a goalkeepersâ€™ trainer. After the course, he tried his hands with some clubs in the Nigerian Premier league and was subsequently appointed goalkeepersâ€™ trainer to the national team. Again, Aloy seems to have excelled in his last assignment, or so he believes.
In a chat with Sports Vanguard, Aloy said he was proud of the achievement Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama in South Africa, despite the teamâ€™s early ouster from the tournament.
â€œNigeria may have performed poorly at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but condemning the entire team is like throwing away the baby with the bath water,â€ Aloy said, though sounding humbled by the overall performance of the team.
He said although it would be absurd for him to say he was happy, he could still not shy away from the personal joy Enyeamaâ€™s exploits brought to him.
â€œAs his trainer, I feel happy. It is rare to see a goalkeeper emerge â€˜man-of-the-matchâ€™ in two consecutive World Cup games. Who is that teacher that wonâ€™t be happy when his student performs so brilliantly?â€ Agu asked, smiling.
He however regretted that the team could not progress beyond the first round, where he believed Enyeama would have brought him more happy moments and glory for the country.
â€œEnyeama made us proud and I thank God for his performance,â€Agu said, adding, â€œhe proved that the work of his trainer was not in vain and that the World Cup was not a total failure to him.â€