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Who Is Able To Give Nnadozie a Run for Her Money in Super Falcons Colours?

One of the alleged biggest bugbear of the NFF against Randy Waldrum was his inability to unearth a likely successor and worthy rival to Nnadozie in between the Super Falcons sticks.

But in truth, no senior national team coach discovered Nnadozie. That accolade I think goes to Coaches Chris Danjuma and Nikyu Bala of the Falconets and Flamingos respectively.

Nnadozie,who was grateful to fans for their support in Olympics qualifiers against Ethiopia, is currently unmatched and unassailable as Super Falcons netminder, so much so that some fans have - in jest - suggested she be drafted to solve the so-called goalkeeper crisis afflicting the Super Eagles (I still admonish fans to please leave Okoye and Uzoho alone).

So, who can give Nnadozie a run for her Super Falcons money?

Monle Oyono, who was a bag of nerves for the Falconets in last year's U-20 world cup, looks lightweight. She is being gradually eased into the Super Falcons though as she is currently in the squad. But, alongside netminding skills, a Nigeria goalkeeper has to have a commanding presence which Oyono doesn't always exude.

Faith Omilana - who gained fame with the Flamingos in the U-17 World Cup in India last year - to me looks very intimidating. You would have to be a confident guy to ask for her number in the club if you don't want to go to bed with a black eye. She also has burgeoning goalkeeping skills and massive potentials to improve.

Oyono is likeable and sweet. She received some flack for her shortcomings last year but showed strong character and fortitude to rise above the storms. But I have a soft spot for Omilana.

Both young goalkeepers hold promise but Nnadozie has raised the bar so high that Oyono and Omilana will have to climb on each other to even come near Nnadozie's boots, let alone her gloves.

But, are the NFF right to allegedly nurse a grudge against Randy Waldrum for exposing a much older retired goalkeeper in Yewande Balogun instead of throwing any of Oyono or Omilana in the deep end? I don't know.

Yewande - I think - has no future in the Super Falcons, Omilana and Oyono do.

And when the opportunity presents itself, I hope they grab it with both gloves!

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