Uzoho’s inclusion in Nigeria’s squad to the football fiesta was a massive surprise to many. The young shot-stopper was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament. But Uzoho moved to Deportivo La Coruna from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January 2017 and, later that year, became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga, marking his memorable Deportivo debut with a clean sheet. His form in Spain caught the attention of Gernot Rohr, who had been looking for solutions to the Super Eagles’ goalkeeping problems caused by the premature retirement of Carl Ikeme. Then only 19, Uzoho made his Super Eagles debut against Argentina in a November 2017 friendly, a game Messi missed, and Nigerian won by a 4-2 scoreline. Despite his relative inexperience, Uzoho was elevated as the first-choice keeper ahead of the experienced duo of Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, heading to the World Cup.Advertisement Loading… He was in goal when Rohr’s men lost to Croatia, defeated Iceland, and succumbed to a late 2-1 loss to Argentina, with Messi netting a fine opener. Despite the Super Eagles losing that encounter, Uzoho feels privileged sharing the same pitch with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. “Playing at the World Cup for the first time as a first choice goalkeeper came as a grace to me,” the Omonia Nicosia keeper said, as quoted by the media. read also:Uzoho: Why I married at 20 “In fact, the day Nigeria played against Argentina was my best day in the game because I stood on the same field with Messi and Higuain, players I respect a lot. “I had to control my excitement as a professional keeper to give my best in the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Francis Uzoho has picked the Super Eagles last group match against Messi’s Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the best day of his football career. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern Actresses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True
Press Association One of the reasons for Mata’s omission is the new demands Mourinho is making of the World Cup-winning Spain playmaker. He wants all of his players to defend and is deploying a higher line at the back. Cahill added: “He really expects you to defend and know where to be. Not just the back four, but everybody when we lose the ball. “I don’t mind playing higher. It’s difficult to play high against people with real, real pace. “(But) I’m quite comfortable with playing high and I think the lads are.” One player who will not be in the Chelsea line-up is Marco van Ginkel. The Holland midfielder has made just two appearances following his £8million move from Vitesse Arnhem and now faces six months of rehabilitation on a knee injury. The 20-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If events on the touchline provide intrigue, so too will the team sheet submitted by Mourinho, who rather disingenuously suggested Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup encounter at Swindon was a chance for fringe players to win a first-team place. Mourinho has admitted he is uncertain of his best team, but whether Juan Mata has done enough to earn a place in the starting XI at White Hart Lane remains to be seen. It is likely the Portuguese will field what he considers to be his best side against a Spurs squad he believes are one of five teams who could challenge the Blues for the Barclays Premier League title. Fernando Torres, who scored one and made another at the County Ground to set up a fourth-round tie at Arsenal, could continue at striker, ahead of Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. Gary Cahill is likely to remain at the heart of the defence, a position he has played in seven of Chelsea’s eight matches this term; the only one he did not start was the loss at Everton. Following successive losses at Goodison Park and to Basle in the Champions League, Cahill believes Chelsea have bounced back strongly. “It was a tough week, especially when we lost back to back,” Cahill told Chelsea TV. “But we’ve responded really well. Two wins, two clean sheets. Happy days at the minute.” In a master-versus-apprentice contest, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham in Saturday’s London derby. Much of the attention will be on Mourinho and his opposite number as Villas-Boas is not only a former Chelsea manager, but also worked with his fellow Portuguese at Porto, Stamford Bridge and Inter Milan. It will be the first time the pair have encountered each other in opposing dugouts after their relationship broke down in 2009.