Soccer: Implausible Ikeme a dependable alternative for Enyeama – Shofoluwe
The 29-year-old goalkeeper’s livewire performance against the Taifa Stars in Dar es Salam on Saturday highlights why the ex-international tips him as Enyeama’s perfect successor
(Objective) — Former Nigeria defender Yisa Shofoluwe has backed Carl Ikeme to take over because the long-term successor to Vincent Enyeama as Tremendous Eagles’ first alternative goalkeeper.
Tanzania held Nigeria to a Zero-Zero attract Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier performed on the Benjamin Mkapa Nationwide Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam.
Ikeme who made his Tremendous Eagles’ debut was spectacular as he made some breathtaking saves on a number of events to disclaim the Taifa Stars an opportunity to take most factors.
And Shofoluwe has thrown his assist behind the 29-year-old, believing his unbelievable efficiency makes him the excellent candidate to interchange the Eagles’ skipper.
“I enjoyed the goalkeeper [Ikeme] who was in goal for us, he was absolutely fantastic,” Shofoluwe informed Objective.
“He was the explanation why we escaped with a attract Dar es Salam. Cool, calm and blessed with nice reflexes, the constructive we are able to take from this sport is that that we now have a really dependable alternative for Enyeama .
“Summarily, I feel it was a good start for Oliseh. Personally, we should have won the game but that draw is a commendable result.”
Nigeria host Egypt of their subsequent qualifier in March 2016 and the 1980 Afcon winner forsees a troublesome outing for Sunday Oliseh’s males, and admonishes that with sufficient preparations, the Eagles will soar very excessive.
“Playing against Egypt will be very tough,” he continued.
“We have to invite our greatest legs and put together very properly as a result of this crew are much better than the Tanzanians.
“They’re skillful, quick and really compact so we should guarantee we safe most factors at dwelling and hope we get a attract Cairo.
“We will definitely qualify but it won’t be on a platter of gold as we must win all our remaining games and avoid defeat. Hard work will see us through,” he concluded.
Tremendous Eagles now have 4 factors and high Group G pending the result of Sunday’s sport between Chad and Egypt.