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Super Eagles trainer: Why we invited Carl Ikeme

18 August 2015, 13:03

Lagos - Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu has explained why they extended an invitation to Anglo-Nigerian goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme.

The 29-year old England born goalkeeper was listed amongst eighteen other names of overseas based players called for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, a development which has surprised Nigerians.

And Agu, a former Nigeria goalkeeper, has explained why they decided on Ikeme.

Also read: Oliseh wants Ligali and Ikeme to provide competition for Enyeama

“He’s a Nigerian so also have the right to play for Nigeria,” Agu began, “He’s also doing well for Wolverhampton Wanderers and we want to take a look at him.

“Some time ago, I shortlisted him to be one of the goalkeepers in the Super Eagles and we have shortlisted him now again which is very important.

“It is important we give every Nigerian an opportunity to come and showcase what they have and what they can do to help Nigeria out and that is what we are trying to do,” Agu added.

Ikeme was born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England, and despite being eligible to represent the Three Lions of England, has chosen to represent Nigeria, his father’s birthplace.

He was initially invited by former coach Stephen Keshi, but failed to make the team due to an injury sustained at the time.

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