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Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by robosky02(m): 4:08pm On Feb 04
Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years

Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide said he is in the best form of his career and his not ruling out a return to the Super Eagles six years after his last appearance, Completesports.com reports.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has not had it rosy in the goalkeeping department as he continues to chop and change in a bid to find the best pair of hands for the Eagles.

First-choice Francis Uzoho is out of action for a lengthy period with a knee injury, while Kaiser Chiefs Daniel Akpeyi has struggled to impress despite being the most experienced among the present crop.

Others include Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who many feel lacks composure at the highest level, while youngster Maduka Okoye is relatively inexperienced.

Rohr has always maintained that the door remains open to any Nigerian playing regularly in a top flight and can make a positive contribution.

And Ejide, 35, who has played all 21 matches for Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Hadera this season, believes he is still good enough for the Eagles.

“I know the situation in Nigeria. I get positive remarks in Israel and being rated highly could be something that will pave the way,” Ejide told BBC Sport.

“I’ve kept nine clean sheets this season and we all know that goalkeepers always get better with age.

“I’ve also been following the Eagles and I believe that with my consistent performances in Israel, there is every chance it opens the door to the possibilities of another call-up.

“I can never shut the international door to play for Nigeria again, I believe I have what it takes to get another chance.

He also says his age should not be a barrier to a return to international football.

“There are other goalkeepers who never gave up on international football despite their age or being overlooked,” he insisted.

“At 46, Essam El-Hadary still played a major tournament for Egypt and I can hopefully follow in that footsteps.

“I keep focusing on club football here, the more I do well, then I will continue to retain that hope of playing for my country again.”

Ejide made his Nigeria debut at 17 against Namibia in Windhoek in 2001, but the following years saw him play second fiddle to Vincent Enyeama.

He was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and was also at the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 AFCONs.

Also, he was in the squads at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

He helped Hapoel Hadera to Israeli top flight promotion in 2018 ending their 39 years in the lower leagues.

He previously played in the country for Hapoel Petah Tikva and Hapoel Be’er Sheva between 2009 and 2015, but that was after a stint at Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel where he suffered two successive CAF Champions League final defeats in 2004 and 2005.

He left the North African country after the Tunisian FA decided not to allow local clubs to sign foreign goalkeepers.

He then spent three years at French club SC Bastia before moving to Israel in 2009.

https://www.completesports.com/ejide-targets-super-eagles-return-after-six-years/

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Augustinaz(m): 9:36pm On Feb 04
FTP since 2005

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by mrajahh: 9:36pm On Feb 04
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by perodizico1(m): 9:36pm On Feb 04
2nd

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Johnpaul1099: 9:36pm On Feb 04
6 good years, baba has been on honeymoon

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Threemg: 9:37pm On Feb 04
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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by JOHNSONSOLAFUNMI: 9:37pm On Feb 04
Just like costa, Ejide no Dey old...

35 years since I don Dey watch ball

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by ModHateMe(f): 9:37pm On Feb 04
This "Basket" wan come keep for 9ja...see head like ororo yash

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by AceRoyal: 9:37pm On Feb 04
If Buhari can do it, so can can he!

Age is not a barrier tongue

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by drizslim(m): 9:39pm On Feb 04
In a time like this nigeria needs strong hands for tougher competitions not likes of Austin

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by AmazingDesigns: 9:39pm On Feb 04
cheesy
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by tripoli007(m): 9:40pm On Feb 04
Keepers get better with age no lies .. He’s still one of the best hands we got ,I believe Rohr should give him a chance to compete

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by siegfried99(m): 9:40pm On Feb 04
Let's give him a chance cheesy

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Starboytwo(m): 9:42pm On Feb 04
Not bad as we are very light in that department
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by seborrhic: 9:42pm On Feb 04
35yrs not bad at all for a goalkeeper.
But the truth is that he may infact be about 45yrs old by his real age,which is then becomes a problem for a national team goalkeeper.

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by abumoney(m): 9:42pm On Feb 04
What is he coming for?! Did he forget anything in the squad he is coming to pick up?!

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Enoch07(m): 9:43pm On Feb 04
bros no think am abeg

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by mrkings84(m): 9:44pm On Feb 04
Augustinaz:
FTP since 2005

Congrat$. I pray may your financial breakthrough not take such a long time.

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Oluwasaeon(m): 9:44pm On Feb 04
Don't kid me bro
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Enoch07(m): 9:44pm On Feb 04
abumoney:
What is he coming for?! Did he forget anything in the squad he is coming to pick up?!
yes
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Kekereekun123: 9:44pm On Feb 04
At age 41?

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by ENEMYOFGOD6: 9:44pm On Feb 04
We don't need you.
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Lostz(m): 9:44pm On Feb 04
you can return to Nigeria but this time your village not our super eagle

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Enoch07(m): 9:45pm On Feb 04
Augustinaz:
FTP since 2005
am happy for u

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Ijaycool(f): 9:45pm On Feb 04
Retirement?

JJ-Okocha should kuku come back too

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by TonyeBarcanista(m): 9:45pm On Feb 04
Ejide is still 35? This is a guy that I have been watching since I was in SS 1 in 2001.


Jesus!

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Lostz(m): 9:46pm On Feb 04
tripoli007:
Keepers get better with age no lies .. He’s still one of the best hands we got ,I believe Rohr should give him a chance to compete
how many of him match you don watch this year?

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Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Lostz(m): 9:47pm On Feb 04
siegfried99:
Let's give him a chance cheesy
chance to play in international quarter match?
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by Mariangeles: 9:47pm On Feb 04
What is he coming back to do? Coach the team? Because I don't get it undecided
Then again, all the goalkeepers we've been unfortunate to settle with have all flopped abysmally.
Re: Austin Ejide Targets Super Eagles Return After Six Years by kingkakaone(m): 9:48pm On Feb 04
tripoli007:
Keepers get better with age no lies .. He’s still one of the best hands we got ,I believe Rohr should give him a chance to compete
If you have followed him since the 2000s you will beg Rohr not to bring him back to the national team.

Let's leave sentiments.

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