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The Super Eagles are in fine fettle ahead of their upcoming friendlies, but familiar failings may yet return

The intriguing subplot of the identity of Nigeria’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup may well be resolved during the Super Eagles’ upcoming friendlies, with coach Gernot Rohr surely desperate for no more unwanted headlines.

After having boasted one of Africa’s finest stoppers—in Vincent Enyeama—for over a decade, a previous area of strength has become a problem position for the West Africans following The Cat’s retirement from the international arena.

Carl Ikeme was introduced as his replacement, but the Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper’s leukaemia diagnosis denied him the opportunity to progress in the role.

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It plunged Nigeria into uncertainty midway through their World Cup qualifying campaign, and while Ikeme’s replacement Ikechukwu Ezenwa impressed in the 4-0 victory over Cameroon in Uyo, his showing in the 1-1 draw in the return match prompted speculation that he wouldn’t be up for the job.

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