New fan favourite Francis Uzoho will only be able to hone his goalkeeping skills on the international scene with more national team game time according to retired Super Eagles winger Garba Lawal.
With time now of the essence and few friendly matches before World Cup in June, more game time for Uzoho can only come at the expense of his more experienced colleagues (Akpeyi and Ezenwa).
Speaking to a national newspaper back in Nigeria, the 1998 FIFA world cup participant was quoted as saying: "Uzoho did a good job (versus Poland) and like we all know this is his first time playing 90 minutes in a strong friendly match. I believe game after game he will improve; that is football for you.
It is not easy to be in that position, especially when everybody is clamouring for a good goalkeeper, after the manner in which the former first choice left the scene.
Naturally, one would have expected someone who had understudied the first choice to easily takeover, but that was not the case here. Our problem is that we want a quick fix for the situation that we now found ourselves,” he said.
It is reported that, as yet, the number one slot for the World Cup remains up for grabs. However, Uzoho has done his chances no harm with his effective display against Poland to which he made no less than 4 powerful saves.