By Sedara Oluwadara
Some comical errors have seen Nigeria concede a few cheap and costly goals in crucial matches lately
Former Nigeria international Bassey Akpan has chided Super Eagles goalkeepers for their many mistakes that have cost the team dearly in recent matches.
Fans watched in horror has Youssef
Msakni’s long-range strike managed to creep past Maduka Okoye in goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in January.
It was the only goal Tunisia needed to knock Nigeria out of the tournament in the second round, despite a near-perfect group stage outing by the Eagles.
There was more disappointment for Nigerians as goalkeeper Francis Uzoho fumbled a speculative Thomas Partey effort in a crucial World Cup qualifier against Ghana in March.
That goal is the reason the Super Eagles will not be at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The streak of error continued on Friday during Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with the Algeria B team in a test match in Constantine.
Watford goalie Maduka Okoye bungled a simple back-pass allowing CR Belouizdad forward Karim Aribi to steal in and bundle home the game’s opening goal just before halftime.
Bassey Akpan, the best goalkeeper at the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago, is not impressed with the many errors of the Super Eagles glovesmen.
“Although, admittedly mistakes are bound to happen occasionally,” Akpan told Brila FM.
“But not as frequently as has been experienced of late in the Super Eagles.”
Nigerians will hope any of Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and Adeleye Adebayo will cut out on the errors when the Super Eagles lock horns with Algeria in Oran on Tuesday night