Ex-Nigeria youth international goalkeeper, Emeka Amadi has urged the backup goalkeeper’s in the Super Eagles not to panic whenever they are given the chance to represent the country.
Amadi said this during his recent visit to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) headquarters in Abuja.
Amadi advised the backup goalkeepers in the wake of injury to the Super Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme as Nigeria prepares to enter a crucial phase in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series.
Amadi, who maintained that the goalkeeping department is a very sensitive area, believes Nigeria has good goalkeepers playing in the league and outside Nigeria.
“Nobody is above mistakes; when a goalkeeper makes a mistake, what do you do after that is very important; support is also necessary at that juncture.” he told AOIFootball.com
“Healthy competition can only make the goalkeepers improve. If we only use a goalkeeper, it won’t help the young ones. The other goalkeepers should always be given their chance in the friendlies.”
“In Germany, there’s no training, every training is seen as a match. So, when the other goalkeepers get the opportunity, they should take it. There’s is no need for them to panic. Even if they make mistakes, you must encourage them. Rotating the goalkeepers goes a long way in helping in that regard because if they know they can be called upon anytime, they’ll be ready,” reasoned Amadi.
Amadi however promised Nigerians that the Nigeria youth teams will keep providing goalkeepers that will make the country proud as it has done in recent years with the discovery of Dele Alampasu and Akpan Udoh, whom he said are goalkeepers of high quality.