2018 World Cup: Croatia vs Nigeria: Rohr Warned Against Benching Ezenwa For Uzoho

A former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala, has warned the team handler, Gernot Rohr against keeping Enyimba goalie, Ikechukwu Ezenwa on the bench for 19-year-old Francis Uzoho.

He said it would be risky for Rohr to field the Deportivo La Coruna youth team goalkeeper ahead of Ezenwa in the opening group D match against Croatia.

According to Okala, Ezenwa is more experienced than Uzoho to deal with games of this high level.

Super Eagles will file out against a much experienced Croatia team on Saturday in their Group D encounter and from all indication, Rohr has settled for Uzoho in goal.

β€œWhy would anyone think of dropping Ezenwa to the bench?”, he queried in a chat with Vanguard.

β€œHe kept in all the qualifiers. He has (junior) World Cup experience and also featured in such top competitions like CHAN.

β€œOn the domestic front, Ezenwa has been keeping for top clubs like Enyimba, FC Ifeabyiubah.

β€œI can say he has bonded well with the Super Eagles squad and it would be a huge self inflicted wound sidelining him at this point.

β€œBut come to think of it, what reason could they adduce to bench him?

β€œIs it on experience, performance or the mere fact he is still plying his trade on the domestic league?”

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