Uzoho Ready To Understudy Spanish Veteran


New arrival at Elche of Spain, Francis Odinaka Uzoho has admitted he will not take a stroll straight into the club’s first choice goalkeeper’s spot, as he has 39-year-old Spaniard, Jose Juan Figueras to contend with.

However, the 19-year-old Super Eagles shot-stopper said he is ready understudy the older keeper, in order to learn from him and get the best foundation for the next stage of his fast-rising career.

Uzoho earlier completed a move to Elche from fellow-relegated side, Deportivo La Coruña, but they finally unveiled him on Wednesday, after he completed his medicals.

Uzoho, who had been training with Elche before his unveiling, said he had enjoyed all the sessions with his new teammates and declared that he has come to work and learn.

Uzoho, who was the youngest keeper at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, wants to feature regularly in the Spanish second division, and will aim to make his debut when Elche host Reus on Saturday.

He spoke tentatively after he was presented at the press conference to supporters of the club and media professionals, but stressed that he aims to work hard and improve, as he knows the club have high expectations from him.

The UAE 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup gold medallist said: “I am very happy to be here, a lot of Elche! My dream is to be better every time, I come to work and learn. I am going to try to give the best of me; I have high expectations with the team.”


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