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Nineteen-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has declared he is ready for next month’s World Cup, just as fellow Super Eagles stars Kelechi Iheanacho and Brain Idowu are buzzing with excitement ahead of the Mundial.

The Deportivo La Coruna shot stopper has only managed two and half friendlies with the Eagles, but he said he has learnt a lot for him to now do well in Russia.

“I am ready for World Cup,” he declared at Friday’s press conference in Uyo.

“I learnt a lot in the two and half friendlies with the Super Eagles. I made mistakes and learnt from my mistakes and I’m ready for the big competition.”

In the absence of experienced goalkeepers like Vincent Enyeama and Carl Ikeme, former U17 international Uzoho is now battling for a place on the final squad to Russia 2018 along with Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

He said all four goalkeepers in the training camp are up to the task.

“The goalkeepers are all good,” he said.

“Nigerians should just have more confidence in us.”

Russia-based defender Brian Idowu and Kelechi Iheanacho will also be making their debuts at the World Cup and they said they are excited.

“I am excited and I hope to do my best and help my country to achieve great things,” said Iheanacho, who has played at the U17 and U20 World cups.

Idowu from Russian club Amar Perm said it will be an extra bonus to play in front of his family and friends.

“Playing in Russia will be an additional bonus because I will play in front of my friends and parents,” he revealed.


By Kola Daniel in Uyo


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