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We are fine in the net - Ike Shorunmu

Super Eagles goalkeeper coach, Ike Shorunmu has allayed fear of goalkeeping headache in the side.

Three domestic goal tenders, Chigozie Agbim, Daniel Akpeyi and new comer, Femi Thomas are jostling for attention at the 2013 Afcon bound Eagles' camp in Abuja. Its believed that two goalkeepers, Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide will be among 17 foreign-based players yet to be named thereby heightening the competition for shirt.

Shorunmu said the envisaged worry will be on selection and not on form as the trio are in perfect shape.

"The three goalkeepers are doing pretty well since training commenced on Monday and I pray it stays that way.

"I'm excited at their individual form, so far so good. I make bold to say we don't have any problem with the keepers.

"The worry I foresee is whom to pick but whoever that gets the nod will do a perfect job.

"I think they've bright chance of making it to the Afcon game.

They're capable of withstanding any challenge and will compete favourably with the foreign-based counterparts," the former Nigerian goalkeeper said to supersport.com.

Shorunmu said merit will be the watchword when the coaches select players for the biennial football showpiece in South Africa.

"Nobody is guaranteed of shirt at the moment be you foreign or domestic player that decision will be taken on current form. The race for shirt is open and only the best will be given the nod for the Afcon game," he said.

Nigeria are pitched in Group C together with title holders, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

The choice of the 17 foreign-based players will be made public before Christmas as the local players are billed to travel to Faro, Portugal for the final phase preparations.


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