Nigeria did not reside as much as their pre-international break rankings as they may not conjure up a win towards two of the continent’s least profitable sides
Tremendous Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has bid farewell to his followers and critics on one in every of his social media pages after deactivating his account on X (previously often known as Twitter), Soccernet.ng studies.
Uzoho was in objective for Nigeria because the three-time African champions wobbled to 2 disappointing attracts towards Lesotho and Zimbabwe within the opening video games of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying marketing campaign.
The Tremendous Eagles drew 1-1 with lowly Lesotho on Thursday and wanted a second-half strike from Kelechi Iheanacho to wrestle one other 1-1 draw from the grasp of Zimbabwe on Sunday.
The 2 targets Nigeria conceded weren’t instantly from any errors Uzoho dedicated. Nonetheless, followers have been disillusioned the Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper didn’t save the long-range free-kick that gave the Warriors an early lead in Rwanda.
Uzoho had not all the time been probably the most beloved Tremendous Eagles gamers, particularly after his function in getting Nigeria to lose out to Ghana within the race to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The previous Golden Eaglets goalkeeper didn’t assist issues when he allowed low cost targets towards Saudi Arabia and Mozambique in worldwide friendlies final month.
Uzoho has come underneath extreme criticism from followers and pundits who’ve known as for head coach Jose Peseiro to exchange him because the Tremendous Eagles’ primary following his unconvincing shows.
Whereas it’s unclear why he deactivated his account, a go to to Uzoho’s Twitter account on X, @Uzohof, reveals it not exists.
The 25-year-old shot-stopper’s Instagram account, nonetheless, stays purposeful.
Uzoho’s worldwide profession
Aged solely 14, Uzoho was a member of the Tremendous Eagles squad that conquered the world on the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the place he was backup to first-choice Dele Alampasu.
In October 2017, Uzoho obtained his first call-up to the Nigerian senior squad, and he made his worldwide debut on 14 November, changing Daniel Akpeyi in a 4–2 pleasant win towards Argentina.
The previous Deportivo La Coruña goalie was Nigeria’s number-one on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the place he began all three of the group’s video games on the match.
Uzoho additionally helped declare a bronze medal on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the place he was in objective for Nigeria within the third place match towards Tunisia.