Carl Ikeme’s absence will be felt against Algeria, says Ike Shorunmu

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Ike Shorunmu has rued the unavailability of Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme as a fall in the quality of the team to face Algeria at the Uyo Stadium on November 12.

Ikeme sustained a hip injury in Wolverhampton Wanderers draw against Bolton Wanderers over weekend will make him out.

And the former Basel star while highlighting the brilliant performance of the 30-year-old in Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over Zambia, urged the backroom staff to give strict orders to the defenders if they are to come out victorious.

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“It is quite unfortunate that Ikeme will not be available for the match due to injury because we all saw his performance against Zambia and that has brought some level of confidence to the team. So for him to miss the match against Algeria, it will be a big minus to the team,” Ike Shorunmu was quoted by CompleteSports.

“At this point, we just have to give enough support to the remaining goalkeepers because I don’t know who will be picked by the coaches for the match, but I will advice the Head coach to instruct the defenders to give enough protection to whoever will be in goal against Algeria.”

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