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Super Eagles goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu has said there is a search for new goalkeepers for the three-time African champions.

Concise News understands that the Eagles have not been convincing in that department since Carl Ikeme retired from football.

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Ikeme had replaced Vincent Enyeama in goal for Nigeria but his career was cut short when he was diagnosed of leukemia.

Although Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa have been used by the team, none has inspired confidence between the sticks.

Akpeyi was particularly blamed for Algeria’s winning goal in a semi-final tie at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

And Agu who spoke in the aftermath of the competition where Nigeria clinched a bronze medal, said there is a search for new goalkeepers.

“A lot of things have been said about that department and that department has also lived up to expectations. Before I took up the job of the Super Eagles, Enyeama was the fourth choice goalkeeper of the team,” he told Football Live.

“Enyeama became the first choice under my watch. He has a record since the inception of our World Cup campaign that none after him has been able to break until date.

“When Enyeama left the show, I brought in Carl Ikeme. Ikeme did so well for Nigeria that goalkeeping position was solidified until he fell sick, and I had to bring in the same Daniel Akpeyi.

“At one time we played against Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers, the same Akpeyi rescued us and we beat the Algerian team that was number one in Africa at the time.

“So, this is the situation, now we’re working and I can tell you categorically that I have embarked with the scouting team on a search within and outside Nigeria to make sure that we get reliable hands that can solidify that goalkeeping position in the Super Eagles.”