Agbim: Home-Based Goalkeepers Also Good For Super Eagles
Chigozie Agbim, a former CHAN Eagles goalkeeper and Captain has told Completesports.com that his colleagues still plying their trades on the domestic league are good enough for the senior national team, Super Eagles.
Agbim held sway as Nigeria made her debut in the Championship for African Nations, CHAN, in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014.
Late Stephen Keshi was in charge then as Nigeria finished in third place, running back home with bronze medal.
Agbim was to make Keshi’s Super Eagles squad for both the 2013 Nation’s Cup win in 2013,FIFA confederation Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
He told Complete Sports on Thursday that there are lots of quality goalkeepers and on field players in the local league who are good enough to wear the green-white-green of Nigeria.
“We have good goalkeepers and players here in the home league”, starts the former Rangers shot stopper.
“This is a fact. And they are good enough to be in the Super Eagles. But it all depends on the coach and what he wants.
“Most times they find themselves under pressure to deliver so they begin to look towards abroad for a quick response because they feel there was no time to engage players in camp.
“This should not be so. They should reorder their programs, show interest and confidence in the home based goalkeepers.
“Keshi, may his soul rest in peace, showed interest in home base players, players inclusive and he gave us confidence and we never disappointed.
“In 2013 we helped the Eagles win the Nations Cup in South Africa. We did well in the FIFA confederation Cup in Brazil as well as the World Cup in 2014, also in Brazil.
“Then came the CHAN in Cape Town in South Africa where we participated for the first time and won bronze.
“If this trend, encouraging home base players and goalkeepers continue, it will help our football and the domestic league.” Agbim stressed.
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