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Mikel backs young goalie Uzoho to impress in Russia 2018
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Mikel backs young goalie Uzoho to impress in Russia 2018

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has thrown his weight behind teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho ahead of their Russia 2018 opener against Croatia. Uzoho made his international debut against Argentina in November 2017 and has displaced the likes of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi from the starting lineup. Uzoho made only two appearances for Deportivo La Coruna in the LaLiga, but featured majorly with the B side in the third tier of Spanish club football, with 26 games to his name. Although questions have been raised on the shot-stopper's experience, Mikel has lauded the 19-year-old's calmness, whilst promising that the team will support him more to ensure he doesn't suffer under pressure during games. READ: Russia 2018 oracle cat Achilles predicts Iran victory ov...
Rohr not revealing his lineup till last minute
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Rohr not revealing his lineup till last minute

Super Eagles of Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that the starting XI to play against Croatia in their World Cup opener is set, although he won't be making it known till the last minute. "We have our team in our head already, but we will wait until the last moment to publish the team that will start the game," Rohr told the media on Wednesday. The Super Eagles suffered three straight friendly game defeats to Serbia, England, and the Czech Republic in preparation for the tournament, but Rohr has insisted that the results are not as important as the reasons for which the games were played. "This was good preparation and it gives us the possibility to see who was really fit physically, and who has to work more," the German added. Mikel Obi also agreed with the German coach as h...