Revealed: Why Maduka Okoye Arrived Late To Super Eagles Camp
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By Our Correspondent
Super Eagles coach Gernort Rohr has offered explanations on which first choice goalkeeper of the team, Maduka Okoue arrived late to the World Cup qualifying camp in Lagos.
The Sparta Rotterdam glovesman was the last player to arrive the camp. He arrived late Wednesday evening to the consternation of the coach who described his attitude as “unprofessional”.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday during a parley, Rohr said Okoye missed his flight adding that such attitude is not acceptable within the national team setup
“The late arrival of Maduka, he arrived in the night only. He missed his flight, I am not happy about it, it’s not professional.
“I am not sure that he will start the game, we have two other goalkeepers.
“Everybody believes that it will be an easy victory, it’s not an easy match and when players are arriving late like this it is not helping us when we say we have to be serious.
“He did one training session this morning in the gym, then he will do another training session this afternoon.
The Franco-German manager questioned the professionalism of Okoye and his commitment to the national team cause after missing his flight to Lagos.
“I spoke with him, he knows that it is not good, they were trying to have a good flight for him to come early he missed it.
“They have to learn to be really serious when they come to the national team.”
It is reflected in the statistics that the German-born goalie had been one of the untouchable players in the Super Eagles, starting all but one of the last ten games played by the Super Eagles A team, but could find himself on the bench for the first time since November 17, 2019 on Thursday.
Okoye, the youngest of the three goalkeepers named in the 23-man list, made his senior debut for the Super Eagles in an international friendly against Brazil in October 2019.