The Nigeria's U17 goaltender has been told to show more confidence between the sticks after a sloppy performance in the first round of the cadet championship
By Kolade Oni
The Golden Eaglets' goalkeeper trainer, Emeka Amadi has disclosed that the Nigeria's first choice goaltender, Dele Alampasu will get better as the competition progresses after the goalie made some questionable mistakes during the group stage of the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE.
Alampasu has remained between the sticks for the Eaglets first three games at the ongoing World Cup despite his howlers in the team's first two games of the competition.
Team goalkeeper trainer, Amadi told Goal that Alampasu's inability to cope with pressure was responsible for some of the errors he committed but he assured that Nigerians would see the only the positive sides of the goalkeeper during the remaining part of the competition.
He stressed that Alampasu has been consistent since he joined the Eaglets while also acknowledging the fact that the errors made by the youngster were a result of youthful exuberance and due to a deficiency of the experience required to cope with certain negative moments in a competition of this magnitude.
"We have spoken with our goalkeeper and he will continue to improve just like he did against Iraq in the remaining part of the competition if he is fit and remains first choice ahead of the other two.
"He is a young player with lot of promise. He is prone to make one or two mistakes and that shouldn't be counted against him at all. He will surely improve if he is considered for subsequent games, that I can assure Nigerians," Amadi said.
The Eaglets have scored 14 goals in this championship to equal their highest haul after the first round matches achieved in 1993 when it was hosted by Japan and won by the Nigerians.