The head coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Jose Peseiro is keen on having a young goalkeeper as third choice for the senior national team of Nigeria ahead of next year Africa Cup of Nations, OwnGoalNigeria.com can exclusively reveal.
Peseiro wants the first two to be players with high level of experience at both club and national team level, but believes that the third choice should be someone who is young and talented enough to be first choice in the future.
To that extent, he is keeping a close watch on Nigeria U20 shot stoppers Chijioke Anigboso who recently moved to Ukrainian side Polissya, but he feels the AFCON which will be in January might come too soon for the 19 year old.
The Portuguese coach has a list of all young goalkeepers eligible for Nigeria and per what we exclusively gathered on loan Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is high on his list .
Okonkwo who has represented England at various youth levels is on loan to League 2 side Wrexham after two highly successful loan spell at Crewe and Austrian side Sturm Graz. Peseiro is keeping a close eye on him since he was mentioned to him last year.
For now he looks the most likely to be a part of the team but the 22 year old still need to officially apply for a switch of nationality and hope it gets cleared on time before next year.
Mohammed Mowiz Suleiman