- Brazil vs Nigeria international friendly ended 1-1 at Singapore National Stadium
- Francis Uzoho was injured in the 63rd minute and was replaced by Fortuna Düsseldorf shot-stopper Maduka Okoye
- Joe Aribo netted Nigeria's opener after 35 minutes while Brazil’s Selecao leveled scores through Casemiro in the 48th minute
Super Eagles shot-stopper Francis Uzoho will be sidelined for six months after damaging his ligament during Nigeria’s friendly against Brazil’s Selecao on Sunday, October 13, at the Singapore National Stadium.
Uzoho landed awkwardly in the 62nd minute after contesting for the ball with Brazil’s Casemiro inside the box and was stretched off as he could not continue the game.
The Omonia of Cyprus goalkeeper, who is on loan from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruña, will now miss Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games against Benin and Lesotho in November.
“It is so unfortunate this is happening to Uzoho. We all thought he would return in a matter of days,” a source close to the player was quoted as saying by SportingLife.ng.
At the last count, the 20-year-old goalkeeper has kept three clean sheets in five appearances for Omonia Nicosia, who are second on the log of Cypriot First Division.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has taken time out to explain why Okoye Maduka replaced Francis Uzoho after the later cropped an injury during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Brazil’s Selecao at Singapore National Stadium.
The Franco-German tactician stressed that Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who is second in the pecking order of goalkeepers was overlooked, no thanks to having not tasted action since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, while Okoye has been playing regularly for Fortuna Düsseldorf's reserve team in the Regionalliga West.
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