In-form Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has made history by equaling former shot stopper Best Ogedegbe’s 44-year record.
Nwabali achieved this feat after keeping another clean sheet in Nigeria’s 1-0 quarter-finals win over Angola at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
The Eagles’ victory over the Palancas Negras propelled them to the semi-finals of the 34th edition of the AFCON.
As they continue their quest for a fourth tournament win, having previously triumphed in 1980, 1994, and 2013.
Nwabali’s exceptional performance in the tournament has seen him become the first Eagles goalkeeper to keep four consecutive clean sheets in a major tournament in 44 years.
This surpasses Alloy Agu’s three-game streak in 1990.
The last shot stopper to achieve this milestone in an Eagles jersey was Ogedegbe in 1980, when the team secured their first continental title.
Similar to Ogedegbe, Nwabali conceded a goal in the opening game against Equatorial Guinea but has not been beaten since.
He has kept clean sheets against Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, and Angola.
As the Chippa United goalkeeper, Nwabali now has the opportunity to claim the record outright when the Eagles face the winners between South Africa and Cape Verde in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago