Francis Uzoho, the goalkeeper for the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, has been suspended for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sierra Leone. The 24-year-old player received his second booking during the team’s match against Guinea-Bissau on Monday night. He was booked for time-wasting towards the end of the game, which the Super Eagles won 1-0 to avenge their earlier loss to the Djurtus.
Francis Uzoho was earlier booked for a similar offence in the qualifiers against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Abuja. As a result, he will not be able to play in the decisive away match against Sierra Leone in June. A win or a draw in that game will be enough for the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cote d’Ivoire.
The suspension of Uzoho comes at a time the Nigerian goalie has face a lot of criticisms in goal for the Super Eagles. The Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper has however made several crucial saves for the Super Eagles in previous matches but has also made errors that has cost the team points in games.
The Nigerian national football team will have to find a suitable replacement for Uzoho to maintain their winning form and secure their place in the Africa Cup of Nations. The match against Sierra Leone is set to take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023, and the Super Eagles will be looking to put in a strong performance without their suspended goalkeeper.