Injury Prone Carl Ikeme Could Derail Eagles World Cup 2018 Chances – Ex International Warns Rohr

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The current injury woes of the first choice goalkepper of the Super Eagles Carl Ikeme could hamper the Eagles chances of qualifying for World Cup 2018 according to a former Nigeria international.

Emmanuel Babayaro who picked up three caps for Nigeria during the era of Clemens Westerhoff says a suitable back up for the Wolverhampton shot stopper should be the priority for now.

” It’s clear why Rohr still wants Vincent Enyeama. Ikeme has fitness issues, simply put he is injury prone. Remember injury knocked him out of the return leg against Egypt during the qualifiers for the last AFCON.

” Daniel Akpeyi deputised for him in that game, and we crashed out. Ikeme also caused panic when he was ruled out of the Algeria clash in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers, then the Senegal game. I’m afraid you can’t rely on a goalkepper with such injury record.

” We need to groom or search for options who will push Ikeme or come in for him when he is not available. For now with all due respect to Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa they are not at Ikeme’s level”.

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*Daniel Martins