Daniel Akpeyi’s place in Nigeria’s  squad for  the Russia 2018  World Cup could be under threat after Dele Ajiboye’s inspiring performance at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco, our correspondent has learnt.
Ajiboye made some  brave saves to help the Super Eagles reach the  CHAN  final after coming on for first choice goalkeeper Ikechukwu  Ezenwa, who was injured in the  13th minute of the semifinal against Sudan.
It was learnt that Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is impressed with the Plateau United custodian’s  showing  in Morocco  and is considering him  for a place in his 23-man squad for Russia 2018 – at the expense of  Chippa United’s first choice Akpeyi.
Sources  claim Rohr believes the former Warri Wolves star  is not one that inspires confidence.
Dele Ajiboye
It was learnt that Rohr decided to put a big question mark on the fate of the 31-year-old  South Africa-based keeper after he  committed a schoolboy error in the shock  4-2 defeat of South American powerhouse Argentina in a friendly affair  in Krasnodar,  Russia on November 14.
The  former Nasarawa United star, who has conceded 11 goals in 15 appearances for Chippa United  in the South African Premier Soccer League this term, had posted an underwhelming performance in the 2-0  defeat by South Africa  in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo on June 10.
With first choice keeper  Carl Ikeme firmly out of the World Cup  as he is undergoing treatment for acute leukaemia after being diagnosed with the illness in July, Rohr renewed  his interest in  veteran keeper Vincent Enyeama as he was allegedly  not  convinced that neither  Enyimba  shot-stopper  Ezenwa   nor Akpeyi was  good enough  to start  for the Super Eagles  at Russia 2018.
Spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation Ademola Olajire declined to comment on the national team when our correspondent sought his reactions.


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