Since the retirement of Vincent Enyeama in 2015, Nigeria’s No1 jersey has been in flux. Only one player from the Nigerian Premier League has appeared at the World Cup since Enyeama took his bow in 2002 but Ikechukwu Ezenwa may well follow in the Super Eagles centurion’s footsteps in Russia.
Having worked his way into contention over the last three years, the Ifeanyi Ubah stopper ended the qualification period as the front-runner for the gloves, with a pair of impressive performances against Cameroon sitting in his favour.
He also enjoyed the advantage of wearing the No1 jersey during the African Nations Championship – which features only players in the country’s league – helping steer the Super Eagles to their best-ever finish of second. Should he feature, expect to see him reprise the famous Muteba Kidiaba celebration, bouncing along the turf on his backside, should the boys in green get on the scoresheet.