With Carl Ikeme being treated for acute leukaemia, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, had to look for another goalkeeper who could guarantee an impressive outing for the team. So far, he’s used South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi, Plateau United’s Dele Ajiboye, and FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa. And, probably trying to avoid putting his eggs in one basket, he's added another goalkeeper, Frank Uzoho, to the squad.
Uzoho started his football career as a forward in a Qatari football academy. In 2016, after being converted to a goalkeeper, he was spotted by Spanish club, Deportivo de La Coruña, who signed him in January. But, because of his age, he didn’t feature in the senior team until September 10.
Following that, he made his La Liga debut on October 15. At the age of 18 years and 352 days, that debut made him the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga. He was also named the second youngest player in La Liga this season.
And just two weeks after his first taste of high-level football competition, Rohr called him up to join the Super Eagles. The coach hopes to use Uzoho in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria and in the international friendly against Argentina.
Although the World Cup qualifier will be Uzoho’s first appearance in the senior men’s national team, it’s certainly not the first time he’ll be representing Nigeria. At 14, he was part of the team that won the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.