Nigeria International Goalkeeper Learning New Tricks From Legendary Italian Shot Stopper


Nigeria first choice goalkepper Carl Ikeme says working under legendary Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga, who is now in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers will help him make him a better shot stopper.


Speaking to, the 30 year old said although the manager took over the team just a week before the start of the season, he has already made an instant impact on the players.

And of course, as a former goalkepper of international fame, Zenga will be keeping a keen eye on his one shot stoppers lead by the Nigerian Carl Ikeme.

Has Ikeme ever been managed by a goalkeeper before? “I think Bobby Mimms might have taken the reserves!” he said.

“No, it’s the first time. It’s good for me because you never know I might want to become a manager some day as well so it’s good to see a goalkeeper in charge.

“He has impressed so far – his ideas, his way of playing, his different philosophy.

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“The new gaffer’s settled in pretty well straight away. Obviously he’s trying to get his ideas across, it’s difficult for him coming in a week before the season started, but he’s a good guy, he knows how he wants to play and I think it’s just about, with everything that’s going on, adjusting to the new way and new direction of the way the club’s going.

“Everybody’s been asking me about having a goalkeeper in charge. But it’s not as if he’s managing my sessions! Pat Mountain’s done a great job since he’s been here.

“He’ll always give me some pointers, as any manager would.

“But yeah I’ve been impressed. He’s willing to go with the team as well. He knows what he wants but he’ll be talking to us at the back asking what we think. He’s keen on other people’s input and is keen for us all to work together.