A former Technical Adviser to the Nigeria Football Association, Tunde Disu OFR, has said that the senior national team, Super Eagles deserves a better goalkeeper to keep up with football’s current standard.
Disu made this known on Tuesday while commenting on the lapses of the first-choice goalkeeper, for the Super Eagles, Daniel Akpeyi.
Disu, a former Assistant Coach to Otto Gloria, the 1980 African Cup of Nation winning coach, said that the Eagles needed a more tactically experienced safe hand.
He said that the super eagles seriously need another goalkeeper for now, and the technical crew should go round to look for goalkeepers and should not be lazy about it, stating the team we should not be comfortable with what they have now and should look towards the local players. Disu Further said that his take on the issue is that we still have good goalkeepers around that can do better than what we have right now, and we should look for them either in the local league or foreign clubs.
He said there were times when we have good goalkeepers in the country and we have produced the likes of Emmanuel Okala, Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu and recently Vincent Enyeama.
Disu said the performance of the Eagles first-choice goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, was not up to standard but added that the goalkeeper could be improved upon.
He further said that The performance of Akpeyi was not up to standard and he wonder what other goalkeepers were doing on the bench if they are not good enough which means that they are not as good as him.
He stated the fact that Akpeyi cannot cope with pressure, and when the pressure is too much on the goalkeeper; he losses concentration, an example of how he conceded the last goal against Algeria, Akpeyi organised a wall and stood behind the wall.
Disu said that he watched the clip over and over and he could see his deficiency as He cannot have a clear vision of the ball the way he stood behind the wall he created.
He said that he expected Akpeyi to have stood out of the wall so he could have a clear vision of the ball but his position during the free-kick was unprofessional.