Omonia FC goal keeper, Francis Uzoho, yesterday dismissed threats from the duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi but would rather be wary of Maduka Okoye when the international window resumes after the Covid-19.
In an interview with owngoalnigeria, he made it known that the duo of Ezenwa and Akpeyi who shared the goal post with him during the last AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt are not rivals but the young Okoye.
Uzoho, Akpeyi and Ezenwa all played a part at the last AFCON tournament where Nigeria won bronze.
The third placed match against Tunisia was Uzoho’s only match since after the World Cup finals in Russia where he was strongly criticised by Nigerian fans for a below average performance.
Uzoho who has alternated his role as first choice with the duo insisted that he doesn’t see them as his competitors because they are way older than him.
He said only Okoye who is about his age is the only one he sees as the main threat of becoming the first choice goalkeeper of the national team.
“It is different. I am a young guy and still have a long way to go. Daniel (Akpeyi) is 32 years old and Ezenwa is his thirties so they are not going to be there for a long time. That is why I was a little less worried”, he said.
“Assuming it was, say, Maduka (Okoye) or someone else within my age that stripped me of my position I would have been more bothered.
“Maduka is close to my age. If he was the one that stripped me, I would have been a bit more worried because of the competition. I am not saying Daniel and Ezenwa are not in competition, but they are above 30 so I have enough time to play my game and get my shirt back,” Uzoho concluded.