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Goalkeeping Crises: Who Does Gernot Rohr Turn To After Uzoho’s Injury?

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Nigeria’s Goalkeeping position has been Rohr’s biggest headache since his appointment as the Super Eagles coach, long term number one Vincent Enyeama had retired unceremoniously from the national team after his misunderstanding with Rohr’s predecessor, Sunday Oliseh. Is very first duty was to convince Enyeama to make a return.

Unfortunately, the former Enyimba keeper refused and In his replacement was ex-Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who for once looked like an instant replacement for Enyeama with impressive showings only for Leukemia to strike him down and out of football.

His impromptu retirement left a huge gap and job for Gernot Rohr to find a capable replacement and he turned to Daniel Akpeyi who initially got dropped after unimpressive performances especially in a qualifier against South Africa in Uyo.

Deputizing and subsequently replacing him was Ikechukwu Ezenwa who took hold of the number one shirt for the remainder of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers and those of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

For two years, Nigeria shuttled between Akpeyi, Ezenwa and Uzoho, the latter who out of the blues became Nigeria’s Number one at the World Cup after impressing in a 4-2 win in a pre-world cup friendly against Argentina.

Thus the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup winner led the line from the back in Russia and for the rest of 2019 AFCON qualifiers, afterward especially at the AFCON in Egypt, coach Gernot Rohr utilized all three goalkeepers but it was Daniel Akpeyi who minded the larger amount of games.

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After the AFCON Daniel Akpeyi was fizzled out of the National Team with many Nigerians not impressed with his displays, occasionally being jittery and is considered to be at fault for Riyadh Mahrez late winner in the semi-final, failing to save a freekick.

Subsequently, the two friendlies played by the Super Eagles have happened without Akpeyi as Maduka Okoye has been called up in his stead and Francis Uzoho finally looked like Nigeria’s number one goalkeeper for the few weeks coming.

Furthermore, he looked impressive and more improved compared to the games immediately after the World Cup. Unfortunately, Uzoho tore his knee ligament in the international friendly against Brazil on Sunday and such returns the Super Eagles back to the era of rotating and scratching deep for a quality, consistent and dependable shot-stopper.

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With Uzoho out for up six months, he would miss Nigeria’s double 2021 AFCON qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Sierra Leone in November and the first International break in March 2020.

The first name to consider immediately is Maduka Okoye but the 20-year-old plays for Fortuna Dusseldorf II in Germany lower divisions and also is already part of the team set up. But who comes in to fill the vacant position.

The majority would quickly point towards the Nigeria Professional Football League as a good ground to search for experience goalkeepers, Theophilus Afelokhai has been a name that has refused to go away since the goalkeeping crises started as many pointed him be ahead of Ezenwa who deputized him at Enyimba.

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However, his recent unimpressive showings with the home-based Eagles where he has conceded six times in two games against Togo has not favored his arguments.

Nevertheless, there are decent names that could still be considered from Dele Ajiboye to Suraj Ayeleso, Femi Thomas just to mention a few who could be considered albeit their recent lack of game time may make it difficult to ascertain their level of competition but with the league expected to start before the next international break, might just be a good time to return to action.

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Only a handful of Nigerian goalkeepers are active in Europe at the moment and holds little to no hope for the national team as a saving grace to provide a backup, aside Maduka Okoye, Sebastian Osigwe is another option even though the 25-year old plays in the Swiss second division with Kriens.

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David Nwokolor played for the Flying Eagles at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand but he has been in Croatia with Rijeka, he could get a chance with the national team. Another youth international who could get a look in is Dele Alampasu however, he has been inactive for a while now and may not stand a chance against active players.

Alternatively, an unlikely return for Vincent Enyeama or Austin Ejide may just be a short term plug to fix the problem, while the former last played for Lille in 2018, the latter still plays for Hapoel Hadera in Isreal and has been linked with a return as well.

In any case, whoever is brought in may not be the best or even national team quality but for the Super Eagles, it has become a case of when the desirable is not available, the available becomes desirable. Even in this case, it is difficult to identify the most desirable in the available.

Thankfully, the duty of finding a desirable in the undesirable falls on one man and his coaching crew, he gets paid $55,000 for nothing, Gernot Rohr over to you.

 

 

 

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The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League

President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.

“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.

“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”

The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:

“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”

“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”

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“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.

With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”

 

 

 

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Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.

Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.

The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.

The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.

Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.

“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.

“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.

“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”

He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.

“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.

“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”

It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.

Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.

  • Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.

It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.

With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.

However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.

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  • Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.

Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.

Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.

Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.

 

Conclusion:

At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.

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