Francis Uzoho

Francis Uzoho should be Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper even though at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 he seemed to have lost that shirt to the duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi.


However, he was undisputed first choice at the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and regained his shirt in the international friendly games after the AFCON until he copped an injury.


But at the AFCON in 2019, Uzoho, while speaking with a Lagos based radio station, Lagos Talks said he did not lose any sleep when he was sidelined at the AFCON in Egypt.


“I just had to keep doing my work and training,” Uzoho said.


“Like I said, whoever the coach chooses to play is his decision and I cannot change it, but I can only be professional.


“That is what I have been in my short career. I have always tried to be professional,” Uzoho explained.


Francis Uzoho then explained why he was not too bothered when he lost his shirt at the AFCON.


“It is different. I am a young guy and still have a long way to go. Daniel (Akpeyi) is thirty-two years old and Ezenwa is thirty so they are not going to be there for a long time.


“That is why I was a little less worried.”

Francis Uzoho continued that he would have been more worried if it was a young player like Maduka Okoye that took his shirt.


“Assuming it was, say, Maduka (Okoye) or someone else within my age that stripped me of my position I would have been more bothered.




“Maduka is close to my age. If he was the one that stripped me, I would have been a bit more worried because of the competition. I am not saying Daniel and Ezenwa are not competition, but they are above 30 so I have enough time to play my game and get my shirt back,” Uzoho said.


“So, I didn’t really feel bad. I just had to keep doing my job. I knew that if I worked hard, I would still make it back.”





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