Echiejile’s injury against Greece ruled him out of his second appearance at the quadrennial global football showpiece after scan revealed he had a muscle tear and would be ruled out for up to three weeks.
According to the former Super Eagles and Abiola Babes midfielder Keshi had no choice but to recall Uzoenyi who was the best player at the 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa.
“If Keshi had another defender, he would have changed a defender for a defender. But now he has no option but to bring in Uzoenyi to fill the gap,” Ekpo told Punch.
“He is a natural left-footer and he can add depth to the team.
Ekpo however feels not too assured of the Eagles backline describing it as shaky and unstable.
“I am not too confident in our defenders. The defence is unstable; it’s shaky and the time is short for them to work on it,” he continued.
“Maybe a player like Omeruo will be able to adjust but I am not too comfortable with the left-back position and the entire defence because each time attackers go past our defenders, it’s like hot knife through butter,” he concluded.