- Three exceptional shot-stoppers have emerged as the leading contenders for the highly coveted EaglesTracker Goalkeeper of the Season Award for the 2022/2023 season.
With their remarkable performances between the sticks, these guardians of the goal have left fans and experts alike in awe of their talent and prowess.
Among the nominees is Francis Uzoho, who rose above all odds to secure a spot among Nigeria's finest goalkeepers.
Stepping up to the challenge after Maduka Okoye's absence, Uzoho showcased unwavering consistency for the Super Eagles in friendly matches and AFCON qualifiers.
Notably, his incredible contributions propelled Nigeria within striking distance of securing qualification for the 2023 Afcon in Ivory Coast. As if that were not enough, Uzoho also played his part in Omonia Nicosia's triumphant Cypriot Cup campaign.
Undoubtedly, Uzoho's defining moment arrived when he stood tall against the mighty Manchester United in a thrilling Europa League clash at Old Trafford in October. His heroic performance during that unforgettable match, among others, has rightfully earned him a place on the Best Goalkeeper of the Year nominee list.
Joining Uzoho in contention for the prestigious honour is Adebayo Adeleye, the unsung hero from Hapoel Jerusalem.
Despite facing repeated snubs from the national team selectors, Adeleye has consistently demonstrated his remarkable abilities in Israel.
During the past season, the 23-year-old conceded a mere 20 goals in 20 league games, keeping an impressive tally of eight clean sheets. Adeleye's exceptional contributions helped Hapoel Jerusalem secure a commendable fifth-place finish in the fiercely competitive Ligat ha'Al.
Another goalkeeper who demands recognition for her outstanding performances is Paris FC's Chiamaka Nnadozie.
A key figure in the Super Falcons squad, Nnadozie stood tall as an unwavering presence in the Paris FC team that achieved a commendable third-place finish in the French Feminine Division 1, trailing only behind champions Olympique Lyonnais and PSG.
This remarkable feat also ensured Paris FC's participation in the upcoming UEFA Women's Champions League, a stage where Nnadozie's skills will shine.
Looking ahead to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, it is highly likely that Nnadozie will assume the mantle of Nigeria's number-one goalkeeper. Her immense talent and experience are set to propel the Super Falcons to new heights.
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