Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye is set to get his first official invitation to Nigeria’s senior national team, with feelers indicating that he has already been listed for the September 10 friendly against Ukraine, which is now billed to hold at Dnipro-Arena, not Kiev.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that this is sequel to efforts by Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr, who fell in love with the 19-year-old shot-stopper’s performances last season, when he observed the youngster from close quarters during his tour of Germany.
The Franco-German tactician was impressed with what he saw of Okoye and, though the mulatto keeper was third choice at Dusseldorf in the second division, Rohr has kept to his desire of calling the lad up, now that his team are in the top-flight German Bundesliga.
Although Okoye is still not in the top bracket of Dusseldorf’s main team shot-stoppers, and billed to line out with their reserves’ squad in the fourth division, he will join the Eagles at the start of next month.
Okoye is not among Dusseldorf’s four goalkeepers for the new campaign in Die Bundesliga, meaning he will spend the season with the under-23 team, but Rohr recalls that the rising star did well while training with the first team for the better part of the past season.
After taking part in pre-season training with the former club of Leon Aderemi Balogun this summer, Okoye was not named in their squad for the season, but Rohr still considers him as a better option to Francis Odinaka Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, all of who he found wanting during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Rohr then spoke of his desire to have new blood between the Eagles’ posts looking forward, hence his determination to get Okoye, and he will be among the Eagles’ three goalkeepers for the match in Ukraine.
However, an additional report indicates that Okoye is not assured of a regular spot in the senior team, as he will be immediately seconded to the under-23 squad, Olympic Eagles for better development under less pressure from the ever-insatiable Nigerian soccer audience.