Uzoho Gives Himself Pass Mark In Rising Form


Deportivo La Coruna of Spain B-team goalkeeper, Francis Odinaka Uzoho is happy with his performance against England on Saturday, and he believes it showed he keeps improving in each game he has with the Super Eagles.

Though many critics would rate him low for conceding two goals on the evening at Wembley Stadium, the UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets’ second choice shot-stopper insists he is getting better with each passing day.

Uzoho was for the fourth game running preferred ahead of the more experienced duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, but generally showed some improvements from the last games against Poland and Serbia.

Independent analysis of Saturday’s match show that Uzoho made five brilliant stops during the game and should rate well above average, despite his error leading to England’s second goal scored by Harry Kane before half time.

Tipped to man goal for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia, the 19-year-old keeper, who had two full appearances in La Liga last season, however, said he is sad over the final outcome of the game despite his impressive performance.

Uzoho stated: “It’s not all about my individual performance. The team comes first. I’m not happy that we lost because it’s a game we should have won or at least get a draw if we had started it the way we ended it.

“As for myself I’m still improving on various aspect of my game and hopefully in the future I will be a better goalkeeper for the good of the national team of Nigeria. The mistakes noticed in this game will help us as a team when the World Cup begins in Russia.”


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