Baruwa: Why Nigerian keepers fail in Europe

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Abiodun Baruwa, believes poor preparation and the obsession to play in Europe are responsible for the failure of Nigerian goalkeepers in Europe’s top leagues.

The former Sturm Graz goalie, capped five times by Nigeria, said failure to learn the goalkeeping trade remained the undoing of the new generation of keepers.

“I played about seven to eight seasons in the domestic league before moving abroad, same with Ike Shorunmu,” Baruwa told The PUNCH.

“We played, gathered experience both in the league and on the continent.

“Shorunmu also played in the league, he played for Stores, held his place, Dosu (Joseph) did same with Julius Berger before travelling out.

“But, these days, you find out that these new guys are in haste to leave and are not prepared to perform at the next level. Goalkeeping is tough mentally and physically; you need years of experience to excel.”

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