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Ikechukwu Ezenwa to start Cameroon cracker

By Emmanuel Okogba

FC IfeanyiUbah’s goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is set to start on Friday when Nigeria welcomes Cameroon in Uyo for a 2018 World Cup qualifying match even as the dwindling goalkeeping fortune of the Super Eagles continue with the latest casualty being Daniel Akpeyi.

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Since Vincent Enyeama fell out with then coach Sunday Oliseh, things have not remained the same for the Eagles last line of defence.

Carl Ikeme came and was projected to fill the big shoes left behind by Enyeama but fate had another thing coming as the Wolverhampton goalkeeper was diagnosed with acute leukemia with automatically ruled him out of fooball.

The baton was passed to Akpeyi who looked shaky as South Africa spanked the Eagles 2-0 in an AFCON qualifying match and will now be unavailable for the cracker due to an injury.

Ezenwa who is expected to take over the gloves has been a strong part of the Super Eagles since 2015 when he was called up by former coach Sunday Oliseh.

The Beijing 2008 silver medalist who held his own against Benin Republic in Kano, will be looking to repeat the kind of heroics he put up then when he saved a decisive penalty.

The game against Cameroon will be Ezenwa’s first competitive match for the senior national team.

The other goalkeeping option left is Dele Alampasu as no replacement has been called up for Akpeyi.


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