As Nigerians wait anxiously to see who will be in goal for the Super Eagles against Algeria in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers this weekend in Uyo, Dele Alampasu could be handed his debut by the coach Gernot Rohr if he impresses the technical crew during training.
Although FC Ifeanyi Uba shot stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the favorite to be between the post in the absence of first choice stopper Carl Ikeme, but Alampasu could force his way into the starting line up as the manager has in the past voiced his lack of confidence in Ezenwa’s ability.
Three weeks ago during a press conference, Rohr said that the reason why he needs Vincent Enyeama to come out of retirement is because he doesn’t entirely trust Ikeme’s deputy, and back then Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Emmanuel Daniel were back up to the Wolverhampton Wanderers shot stopper.
When asked if the Super Eagles still need Enyeama owing to the goal performance of Carl, he said, “Yes, I said it that I wanted Vincent Enyeama to return from retirement and I called him and we spoke with him. He will come back if we qualify for the World Cup.”
“We need very good goalkeepers in the Eagles. We have two local goalkeepers whom I don’t know if they will fit in if Carl sustains an injury, so I think we need two big goalkeepers. Of course for this moment, Carl is number one. We cannot change him, he will be number one for the next game,” Rohr said.
Chippa United ace Daniel Akpeyi who also has national team experience with six senior caps to his name is also in with a shout to be named as the goalkepper for the Algeria tie judging by Rohr’s statement.