Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach, Jose Peseiro says he believes in first-choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho despite pressure from fans and the press.
Uzoho has been heavily criticized for errors leading to goals and recently had a bitter exchange with fans on social media.
Despite the pressure and calls for him to be dropped, Peseiro still trusts in the Ononia Nicosia’s goalkeeper’s ability to man the sticks when Nigeria takes on Lesotho in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification game at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
“Uzoho was our goalkeeper in qualification,” Pesiero told the press conference on Wednesday evening.
“I believe in our goalkeepers and I believe in Uzoho also but I accept other opinions, including that of the media.
“I know there is too much pressure over the choice of goalkeeper here.”
“Everybody knows he made a mistake against Saudi Arabia and I spoke to him and I tried to improve his mentality,” Peseiro said.
“When a better goalkeeper than Uzoho can start the match, I will bring him on. I’m not stupid, I will play with the best players.
“I know we don’t understand the mistakes our goalkeeper makes and also the mistakes our strikers make too and this is normal in football.
“Sometimes our strikers lose chances and our midfielders make the wrong passes and sometimes our goalkeeper makes some mistakes.” Peseiro said.
Kasimpasa defender, Kenneth Omeruo echoed the opinion of his coach when he said Uzoho was the teams best goalkeeper.
Three-time African champions, Nigeria, will face the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Thursday, November 16 before travelling to take on Zimbabwe on the 19th of the same month in Kigali, Rwand