Following the current goalkeeping crisis in the Super Eagles, and the not too impressive performance of Chippa United FC of South Africa goalie, Daniel Akpeyi in the game against South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Enyimba FC goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has thrown his hat in the ring, insisting he is will bell the cat in the team’s subsequent games.
Afelokhai wondered why he has not been given a look at by the national team handlers despite his experience and exposure, both in the Nigeria Professional Football League and sparingly in the national team in the past.
The former U-20 national team goalie has now voiced out following the lack of confidence and trust in the goalkeeping unit of the three time African champions, as the former Kano Pillars captain believes he has the required experience and technical knowhow to man the position for the senior national team.
“I think I have paid my dues and therefore I deserve to be in the Eagles. I have wondered why we’ve had goalkeeping crisis when we have great goalkeepers like me in the NPFL. I think I’m ready to solve that problem, my experience speaks volumes,” Afelokhai told AOIFootball.com
The former U-23 shot-stopper, who guided four-time NPFL champions, Kano Pillars to the semifinal of the CAF Champions League in 2010, has played 16 times in the league this season and has recorded 8 clean sheets for 7-time league champions, Enyimba FC.
The Super Eagles after the sudden retirement of Lille FC goalie Vincent Enyeama, have since ran into a goalkeeping crisis with injury plagued Carl Ikeme taking over.
However, former Warri Wolves goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has been the second choice but has failed to seize the chance to be the Eagles No.1 as he has not put up a convincing performance to lay claim to the shirt.