Lagos  – Dr Rafiu Oladipo, the President General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club, on Thursday urged Coach Stephen Keshi to work on Super Eagles goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim, to save the team from first round exit of the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Oladipo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the coach should alternatively bench the first choice keeper for the crucial match against host South Africa on Sunday.

NAN reports that the Eagles, playing in Group A, had lost its first match 1-2 to Mali but won the second 4-2 against Mozambique to remain in contention in the competition.

“Our goalkeeper in the first two matches was suspect. He conceded two goals in each of the two matches.

“Keshi should either work on him to improve on his goal keeping for the third group match against South Africa or use another goalkeeper.

“You know, playing against host country in any continental match is always a difficult task especially when you need the match for consolidation.

“So, our next match against hosts South Africa on Sunday is a must win for us to remain in the competition,’’ Oladipo said.

According to him, the Eagles first match loss had put the team in a tight corner.

“Like I have always said, winning the first match in any competition is very important.

“But we give glory to God that Eagles is still in contention in the competition by winning its second match.

“For the Eagles to move ahead in the competition, Keshi should ensure a massive attack and massive defensive tactics in the match against South Africa,’’ the president said.

Oladipo, who is also the President General, African Football and Other Sports Supporters Club (AFOSSU), expressed confidence that the Eagles would move to the next round of the competition. (NAN)


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