Why African goalkeepers are not regulars in foreign clubs…Uzoho

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A file photo of Francis Uzoho

By Our Reporter

Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, has revealed why African goalkeepers don’t usually earn first-team shirts in their various clubs in Europe, saying clubs like using their own indigenous players.

Speaking with newsmen, he stated that things have not been easy for African goalkeepers abroad, adding they have to work harder than European counterparts before being considered for first-team shirts.

According to Uzoho, “Africa has not produced many outstanding goalkeepers comparable to the quality of outfield players over the years and so the European managers prefer their home-bred goalkeepers.

“European players and coaches have more respect for African players than they do for goalkeepers. They wouldn’t trust you until you continue proving them wrong. That is why I work on myself to be in good shape regularly.”

The goalkeeper, who picked Vincent Enyeama, David de Gea, Manuel Neuer and Jan Oblak as his role models, disclosed that he was still recuperating from the injury he copped in a friendly match against Brazil last year, assuring his fans that he would be back to full football action very soon.

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