The three goalkeppers in the camp of the Super Eagles are in a tight battle to replace injured first choice shot stopper Carl Ikeme, and a shooting session was done by the team to test the reflex of the trio of Dele Alampasu, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi.
During the shooting practice while the experienced duo of Akpeyi and Ezenwa relied on clever foot works to make saves at ease, same can’t be said about Alampasu who dived with less emphasis on movement.
However while Ezenwa saved around 85% of the shots directed at him, Akpeyi was the most impressive saving around 90% of the shots against him. Alampasu on his part excelled in other areas but had a shot save percentage of around 60%.
During test games, Akpeyi was smart of his line and quick to act as a sweeper for his team, while Ezenwa’s strength appears to be in one on one duels against forwards. Alampasu was exceptionally good at claiming crosses.
Alampasu made a smart save from a well hit drive from Leon Balogun, and another from Iheanacho showed the former U-17 shot stopper who was voted the best goalkepper at the World Youth Championship in 2013 has grown in leaps and bounds.