Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Babayaro has backed the decision of the Super Eagles to play Ikechukwu Ezenwa in goal.
The former Super Eagles goalkeeper, says he is not a fan of Daniel Akpeyi and is happy with Ezenwa between the sticks.
“I respect Daniel Akpeyi as a person and I’ve heard him speak twice – he speaks eloquently and bold,” Babayaro told Goal.
“But in issues of football you can apply sentiment in doing things not because one loves or hate someone – you can tell them their faults. Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of Akpeyi and not necessary because he is not good enough. This is because he has height and weight issues.
“It doesn’t tell well of a country as very populated and talented as our number one goalkeeper. I have the same sentiment about [Dele] Alampasu as well.
“If people want to talk about experience, it does not just happen because one must have playing time to have experience.
“If the coach believes Ezenwa is capable to be in goal against Cameroon considering his good show against Benin Republic, as far as I’m concerned, he is good enough against any team – be it against Cameroon or Brazil,” he added.
“It is the same football everywhere and he needs a couple of games because experience does not come overnight. In my personal opinion, it is not a bad idea to try someone else to be in goal, starting Ezenwa ahead of Akpeyi.
“I will be more comfortable an Ezenwa in goal than Akpeyi and I think he should be supported to gain more experience. I remembered when they were going to CHAN, I openly criticized him and it came to fore against South Africa. We need to start having competition in goal,” he concluded.