Injured Uzoho Vows To Come Back “Better And Stronger”

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has vowed to come back “better and stronger” from the injury he picked up in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Brazil at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallangon on Sunday.

The 20-year-old was stretchered off the pitch and replaced by debutant Maduka Okoye in the 65th minute after he appeared to pick up a serious knee injury when he landed awkwardly when trying to reach a cross.

The extent of the injury is yet to be disclosed with reports suggesting that a scan of the affected area will be carried out on Monday.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter hours after the game on Sunday, the Omonia Nikosia goalkeeper sent a heartfelt thanks to his fans and vowed to come back even stronger from his latest injury setback.

“A big thank you to you all. I will be be (sic) back stronger and better IN CHRIST ALONE,” he tweeted.

The injury comes at an inauspicious time for Uzoho and Eagles coach Gernot Rohr with Nigeria due to kick off their 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin on 11 November.

Having temporarily lost his status as a starter to Daniel Akpeyi at the 2019 AFCON, Uzoho, who has been capped 16 times by the Super Eagles could face a struggle to reclaim the number one shirt if his injury proves serious and keeps him out for long with newbie Maduka Okoye who plays in the German fourth tier for Fortuna Dusseldorf II and Ikechukwu Ezenwa who plays domestically for Heartland FC waiting in the wings.

Uzoho has made five appearances and kept three clean sheets this season for Omonia Nikosia who occupy second position in the Cypriot First Division.