5 things to know about Super Eagles goalkeeper Afelokhai

Here are five things to know about Theophilus Afelokhai the goalkeeper who replaced Francis Uzoho

Theophilus Afelokhai

1.    Theophilus Afelokhai is 27-years-old

Born Nigeria on April 7, 1990 Theophilus Joel Afelokhai is 28-years-old.

2.   Afelokhai’s previous clubs

Theophilus Afelokhai is a known veteran in the Nigerian Professional Football League.

He started his career in the lower tier of football in the country but has become of the best domestic shot-stoppers in the country.

He moved from NPFL giants Kano Pillars to Enyimba International in 2015 and has become one of the most important players at the club.

3. Afelokhai and Nigeria

Born in Nigeria, Afelokhai has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the NPFL during his time at Kano Pillars and now at Enyimba.

He did not feature for any of the national youth teams Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets at any major tournaments.

He was a key part of the national U-23 Dream Team squad to 2011 CAF U-23 Championship as Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Afelokhai was also part of the home-based Super Eagles team to the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.

4. Style of play

Afelokhai is a shot-stopper as he has proved time and again in the NPFL which he is regarded among the best on the domestic scene.

In a league that is still developing, Afelokhai is being acknowledged as one of the best around.

He is the first choice at Enyimba ahead of veterans Fatai Duada and Super Eagles shot-stopper .

Not the best in distribution like most modern day goalkeepers, Afelokhai is a dependable hand to prevent goals from the opposition and draws similarities with former Super Eagles shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama.

5. Awards

With Kano Pillars, he won multiple league titles before he moved to Enyimba International.

On the International scene, he was part of the home-based Super Eagles team that won a silver medal at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship  (CHAN).


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