Finland-based Coach, Victor Uzoho has advocated for goalkeepers in Nigeria, saying they need more game time from club and country to maintain their form.
Uzoho who was recently appointed goalkeeper trainer for the Finnish Women Premier League side, Ticarona Palloseura FC, said irregular appearances for club matches, non-exposure to international friendlies, and poor training are reasons Nigerian goalkeepers don’t produce their best forms in matches.
According to The Guardian, the coach argued that Nigeria is blessed with good goalkeepers, but talent alone is not enough to make them as good as their counterparts in advanced countries.
“The four goalkeepers that we have in the national team have been doing well. But one thing that is certain is that you judge a goalkeeper’s current form on his performance. This may be seen in how many games he is exposed to his club and country. When he is not doing this, he drops in form. Nigeria has so many good goalkeepers that should be encouraged to get to their best ability.”
WIN JERSEYS AND OTHER PRIZES IN THE LATEST EPISODE OF OUR PODCAST
Uzoho also stated that good height, reflexes, ability to read a match, and communication skills, among others, are some of the qualities required of a sound goalkeeper.
“A good goalkeeper sees every aspect of the game on the field of play, he communicates effectively with the defenders for the defence to be well arranged. He definitely has to be in control of his area to ensure that no vacuum is seen. He must also show good agility, reflexes, and a good height to complement his reach,” he added.
Copyright 2020 The Athletic NG. Permission to use this article or any part of it is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.theathletic.com.ng as the source.