The mini goalkepper crisis that rocked Nigeria before their World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Algeria, has pushed coach Gernot Rohr to hasten his plans for Swiss-born Nigerian goalkepper Sebastian Osigwe.
Rohr was forced to hand a late call up to Daniel Akpeyi following injury to regular first choice goalkepper Carl Ikeme which forced him to withdraw from the Algeria tie. Akpeyi ended between the sticks for Nigeria as they ran out 3-1 winners over Algeria.
However Rohr wants options particularly from young goalkeppers and Osigwe who trained with the Nigeria U-20 in 2013 under coach John Obuh, is high on the manager’s radar.
22 year old Osigwe is first choice goalkepper for Swiss third division side SC Kriens who are currently in contention to gain promotion to the second division.
He represented Switzerland at various youth level but switched allegiance to Nigeria, the country where his father hails from and was close to making the Nigeria’s squad to the 2013 U-20 World Youth Championship in Colombia.
Already he has concluded plans to call him up for one of the friendly games of the Super Eagles next year, probably the games against Egypt or Senegal.