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Nigeria needs good goalkeepers, says NFF

Nigeria Football Federation is planning a massive grassroots goal-keeping talent hunt.

Emmanuel Ikpeme, the Director (Technical) at the NFF, disclosed this in Abuja in an interview with NAN at the end of a six-day FIFA Member Association (MA) Goal-keeping Course.

According to Ikpeme, the aim is to put into use the lessons learnt from the programme.

“You will agree with me that Nigeria is lacking in the goal-keeping department, in spite of the talents we have.

“We have not gotten good goalkeepers for the national teams; we have just been struggling,” he said.

Ikpeme, however, noted that with the introduction of the “goal-keeping talent hunt,” the country would have a reservoir for goalkeepers who would be called up any time, for national assignments,” Ikpeme said.

Ike Shorunmu, Super Eagles Goalkeeper Trainer, who participated in the course, said the idea would go a long way in re-positioning goal-keeping in Nigeria.

“It has impacted positively on our lives and we will have to transfer it to the young ones who are the future of goal-keeping in the country.

“You can see that the trend of football now throughout the whole world is different from our own time; things are changing.

“We have learnt a lot in the course of this programme and I hope that my colleagues will take it to the grassroots and also transfer it to their goalkeepers,” Shorunmu said. NAN reports that certificates were issued to the 30 goal-keeping coaches who took part in the programme.

David Ngodigha, Suleiman Shuaibu, Francis Fregene and Mike Ekpeyong, are among the former national team goalkeeper trainers that participated in the course. Other 20 goalkeeper trainers from the domestic league also took part in the course.

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