Exclusive – Goalkeppers Crisis Force Rohr To Draft In England Born Nigerian Shot Stopper For Senegal Clash


The Super Eagles of Nigeria are facing a goalkepper crisis ahead of their friendly game against Senegal billed for Barnet stadium popularly called The Hive Stadium.


Carl Ikeme is the only goalkeeper in the camp of the team, as the other invited goalkeppers are yet to arrive the camp of the team due to issues bothering on visa and travel plans.

FC Ifeanyi Uba shot stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa left the shores of Nigeria today for London while Chippa United Daniel Akpeyi is not due in until Thursday due to a public holiday in South Africa, which delayed his visa.

Ikeme who isn’t fully fit as he missed the team’s first session is the only player guarantee to be in the squad as a goalkepper. A situation which has lead to talks about inviting a Nigerian goalkepper based in England.

The name of the shot stopper wasn’t given out by the technical crew but Owngoalnigeria.com gathered that talks are already at an advanced stage with the goalkepper, who is a British footballer of Nigerian descent.

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From our checks former Charlton Athletics Shot stopper Edward Ogbebor-Onaiwu is the only British Nigerian shot stopper playing for a professional team in England, who can be called up as an emergency back up before the other goalkeppers arrive.

Ogbebor -Onaiwu failed to make Nigerian U-17 team before returning to England, where he joined English League One club AFC Wimbledon. The 16 year old tried his luck at Leicester City and Nottingham Forest before settling for Wimbledon.

*Michael James In London