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11:04    07 Nov 2016

Goalkeeper Ezenwa says he's ready to start vs Algeria

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has said he is prepared to be in goal for Nigeria against Algeria on Saturday after first-choice Carl Ikeme was ruled out due to injury.

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FC IfeanyiUbah shot stopper Ezenwa is now in pole position to be in goal in this weekend’s World Cup qualifier after deputising for Ikeme in the last two Super Eagles matches against Tanzania and Zambia.

“I have understudied Carl Ikeme and I will give my best for my country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, if I’m opportuned to be in goal,” said the 28-year-old Ezenwa, who was in goal at the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada.

“I’m not under pressure because it’s something I have been doing for some time now and I am confident I will prove myself again.

“We are looking forward to the game. We will all focus and work hard.

“We want the maximum three points because we all know what is at stake.”

The former Heartland and Sunshine Stars goalkeeper also said his future will be clearer in January after reports of interest from Spanish second division club Cadiz after shinning on a playing tour of Spain recently.

“There were some interests when we were in Spain recently but by January we will know where I will go to,” he simply said.

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