Former Super Eagles Goalkeepers’ Trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has attributed the poor quality of goalkeepers in the domestic league to Nigerian youngsters’ undue quest to move to Europe even before developing their skills.
Shorunmu, who recalled that in the past goalkeepers remained in the country to sharpen their skills and earn Super Eagles invitation before attracting overseas clubs, said goalkeepers, unlike outfield players, require careful grooming to excel.
He said staying at home to develop their skills ensured that top quality stars such as Vincent Enyeama, Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu and other great goalkeepers got on top of their game in world football.
He also blamed the poor quality of goalkeepers to the poor remunerations paid by Nigerian clubs, adding that a time will come when goalkeepers from neighbouring countries will take over the national team.
“The current generation of goalkeepers is not patient; the players don’t take time to develop themselves before venturing outside the country for professional football. (Guardian)