Fantastic Uzoho! De Gea hails Nigerian’s heroic display

-Ikenna Okafor

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea heaps praises on Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Omonia Nicosia counterpart Francis Uzoho after his performance yesterday.

United won the Europa League tie 1-0, but not before Uzoho had made 11 saves.

David De Gea and Francis Uzoho

The Nigeria international, standing in for the injured first-choice keeper Fabiano, kept United at bay for 93 long minutes, making an incredible 11 saves as the home side were frustrated for the majority of the game.

Substituts Scott McTominay finally hit the back of the net with the 34th and final shot of the night for the Red Devils, but De Gea still wanted to single out the Cypriots’ no.23.

“Of course. I think he [Uzoho] had an amazing game,” said De Gea, in his interview with MUTV.

“I think he made eight or 10 great saves for his team in the game but in the end we scored a goal and for sure he made a great game.

“I know he played in the La Liga in Spain. He had an amazing game and congratulations to him.”

Summing up an unforgettable evening, Uzoho, speaking in a post-match TV interview, said: “I am not disappointed, because we had a good game, but we would have preferred to have got at least a point. It is a dream come true to play here. I have dreamt about it for a long, long time.”

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