TWENTY-nine year-old goalkeeper, Carl  Ikeme produced a virtuoso performance in his competitive debut in place of Vincent Enyeama who asked to be excused from the tie following the death of his Mother

The keeper was the man that kept the Stars marauding strikers at bay playing like a veteran instead of a rookie in his first start

Carl Ikeme
Carl Ikeme

Ikeme remained grounded after his spectacular performance. “It was indeed a tough game but we managed to keep the Tanzanians at bay.

Playing in your first game for a team like Nigeria is not easy because there are many expectations that include fitting the big shoes left by Vincent Enyeama who has been amazing for us. I am glad I kept a clean sheet and wish to take time out to thank my team mates who have been amazing and welcomed me from the moment I arrived.”

“I hope to continue from where I left off and if given the chance. All I can say it was indeed a great feeling putting on that jersey for Nigeria and a dream come true for me. The team is young so we can expect better results as we go along in subsequent matches .

One thing is for sure, football dynamics have changed especially in Africa where we no longer have small teams unlike before. This just means we will all have to work harder in the coming matches, especially with Egypt looming up” the elated Ikeme ended.


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