Super Eagles goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye, is emerging as one of Nigeria’s African Nations Championship heroes, and as the World Cup approaches, Gernot Rohr should take note.
While Gabriel Okechukwu was named Man of the Match in Nigeria’s African Nations Championship semi-final victory over Sudan on Wednesday, goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye arguably had a bigger impact in determining the result of the game with a string of impressive saves.
His form in that high-profile clash immediately inserts him into Nigeria’s goalkeeping situation ahead of the World Cup, where the 27-year-old may yet be an unlikely contender for the Super Eagles.
The Plateau United man had to patiently bid his time as backup to first-choice and captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa at the CHAN.
When called upon in the early minutes of the physical semi-final clash against the Falcons after Ezenwa got injured, Ajiboye earned double his match bonus and must have definitely caught the watching eye of Gernot Rohr.
Certainly, Sudan coach Zdravko Logarusic was particularly impressed by the stopper’s display.
“Ajiboye started well and, for me, he is the Man of The Match. He is the one who gave Nigeria the final slot. When they needed help at the back, he was the man who saved them,” the Sudanese coach said.