Former Nigeria goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has charged Ikechwuku Ezenwa, Theophilus Afelokhai and Daniel Akpeyi to maximise their opportunity when called to be in goal for the Super Eagles’ game against South Africa. One of the trio is expected to start in goal today as the Super Eagles will be without their first-choice shot-stopper.
Shorunmu who represented the Super Eagles at the 2002 Fifa World Cup has advised the trio to give their best for the team and also lauded the inclusion of two goalkeepers from the Nigeria Professional Football League in Gernot Rohr’s squad. “Their invitation to the national team is a good development for the NPFL,” Shorunmu told Goal. “I remember I said it sometimes ago that we will get to a time when goalkeepers in the domestic league will compete for the no. 1 position in the Super Eagles.”
“The decision for who will be in goal is left for the goalkeeping department to make because what we see might be different from what they see and what they want. I believe the three goalkeepers are ready to play when called upon but the decision is left for the coaching crew to make.
“The department is sensitive and there is no policy but my belief is that they should just continue with their impressive displays because the longer they stay in the team, the more experience they acquire. I remember when Enyeama came to the national team, I told him I’m leaving the team and you have a good quality as a goalkeeper, and thank God at the end of the day, we can see the number 1 in him.”