When news broke out that Tanzania will be without their first choice goalkepper Deogratius Munishi for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers dead rubber clash against Nigeria, most Nigerians thought the Super Eagles shouldn’t have problems scoring against the Taifa Stars without their first choice shot stopper.
It wasn’t to be the case as a thunderous wonder strike from Kelechi Iheanacho was the only effort from Nigeria that was able to beat the stand in goalkepper of Tanzania, as the Eagles laboured to a 1-0 win over the Taifa Stars.
The man who kept the score line as low as it was, is the same man most thought will be the weakest link in the team goalkepper Aishi Manula, who plays for Tanzanian giants Azam FC.
Manula was making his debut and the shot stopper stood between Nigeria and a goal until the 78th minute, when Iheanacho long range effort left him with no chance.
His performances have not gone unnoticed as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Super Eagles first choice goalkepper has hailed his commanding performance between the sticks for Tanzania.
Ikeme in his post match post on his social media handle praised the effort of the debutant and credited him as the reason why the game ended 1-0.
” Also a special mention to the Tanzania goalkepper on his debut!! Some great stops and could have been a bigger defeat but for his save” He rounded up with an icon clapping for the Azam shot stopper.