Goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu has said the Super Eagles did not miss first-choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in a 1-1 draw with South Africa at the weekend.
Instead, Agu said that the three-time African champions felt the absence of midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in the crunch game.
The Super Eagles were held by their hosts, a result that proved just enough for Nigeria to seal a place in next year’s AFCON finals even with a game to spare.
“We’ve set a precedence in the Super Eagles such that any of the goalkeepers can come in and do well for Nigeria,” Agu told SCORENigeria
“That was what Ikechukwu Ezenwa did for Nigeria in South Africa.
“You saw Daniel Akpeyi do it also against the Cranes of Uganda.
“So, it is not something that we begin to say Super Eagles felt the absence of Francis (Uzoho) in South Africa.
“No, his absence did not affect the team. But truth is that he is a good goalkeeper, a fantastic one for that matter.
“He is still part of the team. He has done very well for the team and we are praying for him to recover and come back.
“But if there is any player the team felt his absence in the match (vs South Africa), it is (Wilfred) Ndidi.”
Uzoho was injured in action for Spanish club Elche, while Leicester City star Ndidi was suspended for the game after he received his second booking against Libya last month in Sfax, Tunisia.