Uzoho Has Only Made One Mistake As Super Eagles Goalkeeper – Peseiro

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has once again thrown his weight behind embattled goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho reports.

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Fans over the week has called for the immediate exclusion of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho from the Super Eagles squad following his poor form.

Francis Uzoho will be missed against Sierra Leone
Francis Uzoho during training session

In Super Eagles four-goal draw against Saudi Arabia last weekend,  Francis howled a harmless free-kick into his own net. Fans after the match criticised his goalkeeping blunders, and asked for his exclusion from the national team.

Defending the 24-year-old Peseiro said goalkeepers are not comfortable playing for Nigeria due to attacks from supporters.

“When I arrived here, I remember I was told to change the goalkeeper. I spoke with all of them, No one feels comfortable because everybody attacked them,” the Portuguese said.

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“The goalkeepers never play free or calm because of the people. I don’t know why they attack the goalkeepers every time.

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Francis in action for Nigeria

“They could make mistakes, it is my responsibility. Next time I need to train him (Uzoho) better,” he said.

Sadly, three days after the Saudi Arabia blunder, Peseiro kept faith in Uzoho and started him against Mozambique in another international friendly. Again, the former Deportivo la Coruna goalkeeper, miscalculated from his lines leading to the Mambas first goal after six minutes of play.

The former APOEL Nicosia goalie, in what looked like a response to critics put up a Snapchat comment, “if easy go do am, make Oyibo Man Sign you.” A statement which Nigerians saw as disrespectful, and hence intensified efforts in calling for his removal from the national team.

The former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper, however, have apologized for the Snapchat comment, stating that it came as a result of frustration.

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Jose Peseiro at Super Eagles training

What Peseiro said about Francis Uzoho

“The only problem for me is if Uzoho doesn’t resist (the criticism),” Peseiro said in defense of Uzoho per a BBC report.

“The criticism is good for us also, sometimes it can open our eyes. But I know that in Nigeria, people prefer to attack the goalkeeper.”

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“With me, Uzoho has only made one mistake until now,” he concluded.

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