Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho faces a long spell on the sideline after picking up a serious injury in the friendly against five-time champions, Brazil. Uzoho ruptured ligaments in his knee in the game which ended 1-1 on Sunday.
The lanky goaltender picked up the injury after the hour mark. Subsequently, he was carried off on a stretcher.
His Cyprus-based club, Omonia Nicosia confirmed the injury in a statement posted on its website.
“Francis Uzoho has been diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus.”
Notwithstanding, Uzoho has remained in high spirits despite being ruled out for up to six months. The goalkeeper, who is currently first choice for both club and country, believes he will bounce back in no time.
He wrote on his social media handles: “Thank you all for the kindness. Trust me you all will see a stronger and the best Uzoho Francis when I’m back in a very short time.”
The injury comes at a time when the agile Uzoho seems to be in the best form of his career. The former Deportivo La Coruna shot-stopper played all three games for the Super Eagles at the 2018 World Cup.
His appearance at the World Cup in Russia marked a sweet turn-around for the goalkeeper. Uzoho had lost his place as Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper ahead of the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt. He had gone into the tournament as third choice behind Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa. He had fallen down the pecking order after a lack of top-flight football.
Subsequently, he made only one appearance at the Nations Cup against Tunisia as the Super Eagles sealed a commendable third place finish in Egypt.