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Rohr’s Selection Headache: Akpeyi Saves Penalty, Ajiboye Shot-Stopper, Ezenwa Past Glory

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will not surprise many people when he names his starting line-up on Saturday, with Leon Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses among the untouchable players.

However, sportandstudy.org  understands the German tactician is faced with a major selection dilemma over which goalkeeper will be in between the pipes against the Zambians, if the workout on Tuesday evening is anything to go by.

Plateau United goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye gave a good account of himself during today’s practice game and is aiming to usurp either Daniel Akpeyi or Ikechukwu Ezenwa, but Rohr has not made up his mind.

Ajiboye saw his ratings go up after showing his ability to deal with shots from point-blank range, and his reflexes were excellent.

Daniel Akpeyi gave away a penalty during the practice game but he redeemed himself when he stopped the spot kick taken by Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa.

Though the goalkeeper trainer concentrated mainly on Akpeyi and Ezenwa during most of the goalkeeping drills, Ajiboye stood out the most at the training game.

Nigeria have used three goalkeepers (Ikeme, Akpeyi and Ezenwa) in four matches during the World Cup qualifiers.


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