Adeleye, Sochima, Olorunleke contend for No.1 spot

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Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro is troubled by the decision of who will mount the goalpost in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone on Sunday due to the absence of suspended Francis Uzoho.

Uzoho received a yellow card in the closing seconds of Nigeria’s recent match against Guinea Bissau, excluding him from the upcoming match. This has created a discussion on who of the three goalkeepers Peseiro has chosen for the pivotal position should step in to take Uzoho’s place.

The first person on the list is Adebayo Adeleye, an Israeli player with Hapoel Jerusalem. Adeleye has displayed outstanding quickness, shot-stopping skills, and command of his surroundings.

He has the potential to give the defence stability and assurance because of his prior experience playing in a tough league.

The former junior national team member joined Hapoel Jerusalem in 2019, and he just agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2026.

Victor Sochima of Rivers United is an additional top contender. Sochima has been in outstanding shape for his team, putting up reliable performances and showcasing his shot-blocking prowess.

He is a well-rounded prospect for the Super Eagles’ goalkeeping position due to his quickness and distributing abilities.

The NPFL champion Olorunleke Ojo of Enyimba FC is last on the list but certainly not the least experienced. The custodian has consistently produced for his club while also representing Nigeria at the U20 level.

Ojo might be a dependable option to protect the Super Eagles’ goal because of his powerful presence in goal and ability to make important saves.

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