In a historic development, Deportivo La Coruna’s goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, has earned his first call-up to the prestigious Super Eagles squad. The notable invitation comes in anticipation of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier, pitting Nigeria against Algeria in Constantine on November 10, and an ensuing friendly clash against Argentina four days later.
The confirmation of Uzoho’s inclusion in the national team was disseminated by Deportivo La Coruna via their official Twitter account on Monday. The announcement resonated with significance as the Spanish club succinctly stated, “Francis Uzoho will make his debut with the senior national team of Nigeria.”
Expanding on this momentous occasion, Deportivo supplemented the revelation on their website, affirming, “Francis Uzoho, the goalkeeper who recently made his official debut in the RC Deportivo jersey, has been called for the first time by the Nigerian team, for the last qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and a friendly match.”
The 19-year-old shot-stopper, who showcased his talent in LaLiga Santander merely two weeks ago against Eibar, has caught the attention of the Nigerian Federation. Uzoho’s journey includes a commendable debut in the domestic league and further participation in a home game against Girona.
With Nigeria already securing a berth in the forthcoming World Cup, the team is set to conclude its qualifying campaign against Algeria at the Chahid Hamlaou stadium in Constantine on November 10. Subsequently, on November 14, a friendly match against Argentina awaits at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia.
Uzoho’s commitment to national duty mandates his presence at the Nigeria camp in Morocco by Monday, November 6, following Deportivo’s weekend fixture against Atletico de Madrid. This opportunity marks a significant milestone in Uzoho’s career, who previously served as a reserve goalkeeper for the Golden Eaglets during their triumphant FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.