Abuja - Golden Eaglets goalkeeper trainer, Emeka Amadi has thumbed-up
the lads under his watch as the Under-17 National Team's screening gradually
draws to an end.
Amadi was applauded far and wide after Dele Alampasu was
crowned as the Best Goalkeeper at the last FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the UAE. Also
a fortnight ago, he added another feather to his growing profile with the
choice of new recruit; Benjamin Amos as the Best Goalkeeper at the recently concluded
WAFU B Tournament in Togo.
“We already have two goalkeepers in camp, Amos and Femi
Idowu but altogether, we have a pool of seven goalkeepers which we are looking
at closely,” said Amadi, the former youth international famous for his heroics
at the 1989 FIFA Under-20 World Cup where Nigeria came second.
"At this stage the last time, we were in dire situation
because most of the goalkeepers that came forward were not up to standard but
I'm very impressed with the ones we have now.”
Amadi who took time during the off season to update his
knowledge at German top side, Hannover 96, said the contribution of a
goalkeeper to the overall success of a team cannot be overemphasized.
He noted that dynamics of the game has reached a stage
whereby the goalkeeper is as good as any outfield player, adding it was his prerogative
to train the goalkeepers to world standard.
"Education and training at any level is a continuous
process," noted Amadi, a former Montessori teacher."I was at Hannover'96 during the break and
it was a good opportunity to learn new things which ultimately, I would pass on
to our new goalkeepers."