SUPER Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme on Saturday, had a miserable afternoon conceding four goals as his team, Wolverhampton Wolves were battered by Swansea City in a pre-season friendly at Molineux.
Ikeme, who made his debut for Nigeria last September in the away 0-0 draw against Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, was a pitiable sight to behold as he was forced to bring the ball out of his net on four occasions.
The game also featured two other Nigerians, Dominic Iorfa and Hakeem Odoffin on the losing side.
Interestingly, it was a glorious day for another African Andre Ayew as his devastating form helped Swansea to the comprehensive victory.
Wayne Routledge opened the scoring with a 12th-minute volley as the Premier League side asserted their superiority over their Championship rivals before Kyle Naughton doubled the visitors’ advantage with a finish from a tight angle just before the hour mark.
Ikeme saved from Naughton as he sought to keep Swansea at bay, but Routledge added his second of the match—and his fifth of pre-season—soon after to kill off the contest.
Youngster Oli Mcburnie added a fourth in the 84th minute to cap off a miserable afternoon for Nigeria’s number one Ikeme and 21-year-old Iorfa.
The youngster was replaced midway through the first half—seemingly in some discomfort—and must be considered a doubt for Wolves’ Championship opener at Rotherham next weekend.
He was replaced by another Nigerian youngster, Odoffin, who joined Wolves from Barnet in January this year.
Ikeme’s performance may not have encouraged the Old Gold’s new manager, Walter Zenga—who replaced Kenny Jackett on the morning of the match—but as a former Italy stopper, the new man should have some valuable words of advice for the Super Eagles guardsman
Another Nigerian, Bright Enobakhare, missed out on the match due to fitness concerns.
Ayew impressed as part of a busy Swans forward line before being replaced in the 70th minute.