Uzoho Doubtful for Nigeria’s Clash Against South Africa

Super Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho may not be available for Nigeria’s Cameroun 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg next week after a rib fracture he copped in a Spanish league game at the weekend.

Uzoho yesterday confirmed that he would be out for four weeks, leaving Eagles coach Gernot Rohr with a selection headache going into the crucial tie.

Uzoho, who is on loan to Elche in the Spanish second division from Deportivo La Coruna, was in goal when his team lost 1-5 to Cadiz at the weekend.

He suffered a ‘heavy concussion’ in the same match and was rushed to the clinic where he was examined and discharged.

Elche said via their twitter handle, “Francis Uzoho has suffered a heavy concussion at the party today and has been transferred to the San Rafael clinic.

“After the tests performed no bone injury has been appreciated and has been discharged. Additional tests will be held tomorrow in Elche (sic).

The club later revealed that Uzoho would be out for four weeks as a result of rib fracture. “Francis Uzoho has undergone today’s radiological tests at the Tesla Clinic that determine that the player has a fracture of the seventh costal arch after the blow suffered yesterday at the Ramón de Carranza Stadium. The estimated time of withdrawal is four weeks.”

Uzoho’s injury means Rohr has only two goalkeepers, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, in his team for the matches against South Africa and Uganda, though there are reports that Enyimba number one goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai, was being looked into for a call up.

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