Can High-flying Agile Goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi Claim Super Eagles Number 1 Slot?



One time Super Eagles invitee Joshua Oluwayemi will be back in the radar of national team handlers following his acquisition by English League One outfit Portsmouth. 


The one-time English Premier League outfit, which once paraded legends Nwankwo Kanu and John Utaka, should offer Joshua the platform to display his eloquent goalkeeping skills in a modest league. 


Already within the gaze of the national team, the London born shot-stopper was invited for the friendly against Mexico last year where  Nigeria fell to a 4:0 walloping; Joshua was an unused substitute. 


Although the 21 year old gloves-man was active for the Under-23 team of Tottenham Hotspur last season, where he was the first choice goalkeeper, this youth level of football was seen as insufficient to attract further Super Eagles invitations. 


However, now that he has put pen to paper for Portsmouth, his national team prospect should dramatically improve. 


"Josh had a great footballing education with Tottenham and has amazing athleticism," said the Portsmouth coach Danny Cowley. "There is plenty of potential and he is exactly the sort of promising player that our club is looking to sign," he concluded. 


His development at Portsmouth will be monitored intently by the Super Eagles goalkeeper coaches. Should he light up the league with breath-taking, deft defying saves, then the likes of Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho have fresh competition in their hands in the Super Eagles goalkeeping department. 


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