Former Player Stands Up for Goalkeeper Uzoho Amid Criticism After World Cup Qualifier

by Frederick Akinola
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After Nigeria’s recent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho faced criticism for conceding a goal from a long-range free-kick. Former Nigeria youth international Emeka Amadi, now a goalkeeper for Omonia Nicosia, came to Uzoho’s defense, dismissing any blame on the goalkeeper.

Amadi, a 1989 FIFA U-20 World Cup silver medal winner, argued that the free-kick was well-executed and placed in a way that made it challenging for any goalkeeper to save. Despite Uzoho’s near-miss on a late-game cross, Amadi maintained his support for the goalkeeper’s performance.

The Super Eagles, with only two points after two World Cup qualifier matches, are currently second in Group C behind South Africa. The pressure is on as they face a crucial home game against South Africa in June 2024. A win for South Africa would push them to four points ahead of Nigeria in the group standings.

As Nigeria strives for a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the upcoming matches become vital for securing points and advancing in the qualifiers.

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