Two heads are better than one, so they say. But in the context of the Super Eagles goalkeeping situation you may want to ask what was wrong with the first head?
Earlier in the week, the “temporary” measure to help Nigeria produce “world-class safe hands” appeared in the Kano CHAN Eagles camp in person of 62-year-old Italian, Enrico Pionetti.
To his credit, Pionetti has been a man between the sticks all his life.
He’s worked with several Italian and French clubs in his decade long career as a trainer; after many active years as a goalkeeper.
Pionetti’s task now is to support Alloy Agu; a former goalkeeper and the team’s current trainer, with the “simple task” of identifying the best hands and even long-term successors to Carl Ikeme.
Hitherto, the job of picking out goalkeepers to deputize in the absence of Ikeme was ‘not a big deal’ and the team had a group of very capable hands – at least that was the tone and assurance.
However, it has become ostensibly clear that those assurances were nothing but sugar coating a terribly soured meal.
According to the Chairman of the FA’s technical Committee, Chris Green, there’s an urgent need to come up with “a couple of guys who can always rise to the occasion,” with Carl Ikeme regrettably out of the scene.
In other words, Ikechuwku Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Alampasu, all of whom have been regularly invited to the Eagles couldn’t rise to the occasion in Ikeme’s absence?
Additionally, it could also mean the assurances from the goalkeeper trainer would have been false hopes expressed in favor of the pretenders he was disposed to?
Whatever be the case, Rohr’s introduction of another trainer and the NFF’s endorsement simply means Alloy’s position is undermined.
But again, he’s still on the team despite the clear display of lack of confidence in his judgement alone, so there isn’t much to suggest the 50-year-old Alloy Agu’s service is nearing its end.
Nonetheless, the current situation is one fans of the Eagles can work with as long as it produces the desired result.
We’d just simply assume this time another foreigner might have the answers to the problems in our football.
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