Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that 18-year-old Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has agreed to switch his international allegiance from Germany to Nigeria.
Okoye, who has a Nigerian father and a German mother, has started 11 matches for Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany’s second division. this season.
With thirty-one year-old Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning for preseason with his Championship club Wolves on July 6, this would be a boost to Rohr as he shops for top rate keeper for the world cup in Russia.
Ikeme, the British-born shot-stopper, who switched his international allegiance to Nigeria two years ago, is currently undergoing treatment and has a remote chance of making Nieria’s world cup team.
Though Rohr has Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Francis Uzoho as goalkeepers, he is still not staisfied that any of them has what is takes at the world cup stage.
Now the German, who will attend the World Cup draw in Moscow today, has confirmed that Okoye has agreed to be part of his plans.
He told Owngoalnigeria.com on Thursday, “There’s another goalkeeper we have in our sight now. He plays with Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany, Maduka Okoye, born in Germany but has agreed to play for Nigeria.
“We will look at him in the coming games to see if he will be able to push for a spot in the team we are preparing for the World Cup.”