Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has disclosed that Francis Uzoho remains the team’s primary goalkeeper at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.
Nwabali, despite his limited international experience, has been chosen ahead of Uzoho in the tournament and has kept a clean sheet in Nigeria’s first two games, including the 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea.
In an interview with The Guardian UK reporter, Osasu Obayiuwana, Nwabali clarified his role, stating, “To be honest, it has been nice, it has been God throughout, but I am not the first choice. Uzoho is still the first choice, I only had an opportunity to play. I feel I have to do my best when I have an opportunity to play.”
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Regarding the communication with Nigeria’s head coach, Jose Peseiro, before the Equatorial Guinea match, Nwabali shared, “He [Peseiro] didn’t talk to me initially. It was a day before our game, after our last training he came to me, ‘Stanley keep it to yourself, you are going to play.’ I told him I am always ready and not worried about it.”