Gernot Rohr has insisted that Sparta Rotterdam Maduka Okoye is not his first choice goalkeeper for the Super Eagles team yet.
Okoye was in goal for Nigeria in their double-header AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone last month.
He conceded four goals in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on November 13 but kept a clean sheet in Freetown four days later.
Rohr said all his goalkeepers have been favourites at some point and it is Okoye’s turn.
Francis Uzoho was Nigeria’s goalie in the 2018 World Cup while Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa have also had their turns.
But the German tactician says Okoye hasn’t done enough to earn the status as reported by Complete Sport quoting owngoalnigeria.com.
“All the goalkeepers in the team have been the first choice for some time and now it’s Okoye’s turn.
“He has to work really hard to hang on to the position because the others are eager to be there. So it is not his own yet. He has done well with his club and that’s what you need to be in our team.
The 21-year-old has made nine appearances for his Dutch League side conceding 12 goals and keeping two clean sheets in 840 minutes.