Former Super Eagles captain Henry Nwosu has identified the goalkeeping department as the biggest source of worry for the Nigerian team ahead of the world cup in Russia.
Nwosu who was reacting to the 30-man provisional list dished out by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, Monday, said experience will be completely missing in goal insisting that former national number one Vincent Enyeama should have been given an opportunity to at least make the provisional list where his fitness readiness and attitude would be properly assessed to aid final decision on whether to drop or take him along.
He however gave the German tactician pass mark for players selected for other departments noting that he kept faith with players who helped the nation qualify for the world cup.
“I believe it was a good provisional list, my only worry is the goalkeeping department where there is no experience and that is a very important department in a team. I have no problem with the goalkeepers that have been called up but I think that Vincent Enyeama should have been called because of his experience. At least he should have been invited so that his fitness, readiness and all that can be properly assessed before deciding whether or not to leave him out. Experience matters a lot in the world cup,” he said
The former U-17 coach challenged players that have been invited to give their all as fitness, readiness and attitude will all combine to determine who makes the final 23.
“Making the provisional list is good but it calls for hard work. Those invited must put in their best, they must psyche themselves. It is serious business and they must see it that way,” he submitted.
The four goalkeepers that made the provisional list includeIkechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba) Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United) Francis Uzoho (Deportivo de La Coruna) Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
Coach Rohr is expected to submit his final 23 by June 4th. There friendly matches have been lined up leading to that final decision. The team will face DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28, tackle England on June 2nd and the Wembley Stadium and round up the shape up with tie against Czech Republic June 6th.