Peseiro Leaves Blank Response When Asked to Invite Legendary Vincent Enyeama to Mentor Uzoho, Others

Peseiro Leaves Blank Response When Asked to Invite Legendary Vincent Enyeama to Mentor Uzoho, Others

Babajide Orevba
November 16, 2023 at 11:40 AM
  • Jose Peseiro believes in goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, despite recent errors
  • The tactician looked blank when asked to invite Vincent Enyeama to mentor the shot-stopper
  • Enyeama remains one of Nigeria’s greatest footballers of all time

Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro looked stranded when asked to possibly invite Vincent Enyeama to mentor Francis Uzoho and other goalkeepers.

Enyeama remains one of Nigeria’s greatest goalkeepers of all time, renowned for denying some of the greatest footballers in the world, including Lionel Messi.

While at French club Lille between 2011 and 2018, Enyeama smashed a number of records, setting his own.

Jose Peseiro, Francis Uzoho, Nigeria, Super Eagles
Jose Peseiro coach the Super Eagles team ahead of their World Cup qualifiers. Credit: @NFF
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The Nigerian legend kept 11 consecutive clean sheets in the Ligue 1 during the first half of 2013/2014 season – with a total of 1,176 minutes without conceding a goal.

He was part of the squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations under Stephen Keshi.

Enyeama won two CAF Champions League titles with Enyimba and also won several titles in Israel.

He served as the Super Eagles captain from 2013 until his retirement from international football in 2015. He is one of the country's most-capped players having made 101 appearances.

Since his retirement, the successive Super Eagles coaches have struggled to get a safe pair of hands.

Following recent errors from goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, there are calls that Enyeama should be invited to mentor the goalkeepers, while some fans have called on the legend to come out of retirement.

However, during the pre-match presser for Nigeria's World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, a journalist suggested to Peseiro the possible invitation of Enyeama.

The Portuguese tactician looked blank, and after a few seconds, he responded: "I don't know him."

Peseiro continued:

"I have confidence in our goalkeepers. Uzoho was our goalkeeper in the qualification. He only didn't play a match. It was Adeleye they played against Sierra Leone. Now, there is Ojo and Amas. I believe in our goalkeepers. I believe in Uzoho also."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye will not be available for the November matches following passport issues.

Iwobi eyes World Cup return

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigerian international, Alex Iwobi disclosed that he would love to be at the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria begins their quest to qualify for the tournament as they take on the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on November 16.

The Super Eagles will also take on Zimbabwe four days later as they bid to claim the sole ticket from Group C of the CAF qualifiers for the tournament.

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Babajide Orevba is a Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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