Nigeria vs Tunisia: Super Eagles goalkeeper, Akpeyi confirms being dropped by Rohr
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has insisted that Gernot Rohr’s decision to start Francis Uzoho in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations third-place playoff against Tunisia has nothing to do with his performance against Algeria.
Akpeyi has kept the goalpost in five of the six games in Egypt, keeping two clean sheets and conceding five goals.
“It is a coincidence that Francis Uzoho is going to be starting when my performance is under scrutiny again just like it was when we played against Argentina in a friendly game like two years ago.
“I remember that two days before that friendly game with Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia, the coach had called me and informed me that he would like to use Uzoho also in that game. He said I would be starting the game while he would replace me in the second half.
“I know that Nigerians will start saying that this is another mistake from me and that the same goalkeeper is replacing me.
“Even though I made a mistake which resulted into one of Argentines’ goals, my substitution in the second half was based on what the coach had told me with before the game that I would only take the first half but it was twisted to mean that it was because of the goals I conceded,” Akpeyi told Goal.