Super Eagles goalkeeper and skipper, Vincent Enyeama, has said he would be resigning from the national team, and probably the sport, after the next African Cup of Nations in Gabon in 2017. Vincent Enyeama has told the world when he intends to call it time with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Many would have expected Enyeama to at least stay with the Super Eagles if they qualified for the World Cup in 2018, but the Lille shot stopper knows he might not be at his best and has decided to go one year earlier. As it is reported, he hopes to go when the ovation is loudest.
“It’s impossible to play football forever and the next tournament in Gabon will be my last one,” Enyeama told the reporters. “I’ve played in two finals, lost in 2004, won in 2013 and to win in 2017 is how I hope to be remembered. But more significantly we must not get ahead of ourselves because we need to qualify first.” He went on to say before praising how far African football had come in recent years.
Enyeama, 32, who is the second Super Eagles player to reach the 100 caps mark since his debut against Kenya in May 2002, said he would hang his boots by lifting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations trophy. Enyeama would be remembered as one of the greats but it would be too early to rule him out in 2018 after all, we’ve seen a few players retire and then decide to return. Most notably, Zidane and Makelele for France and Paul Scholes for Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Enyeama, has expressed dissatisfaction with the choice of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna as venue for the 2017 Afcon qualifying match against Chad this weekend. The LOSC Lille Metropole goalkeeper explained that he is concerned about the current situation in the country and feels the safety of players and fans need to be taken into account.
“I’m not satisfied with the choice of Kaduna and you know I’m a very outspoken person. I don’t like the choice of Kaduna based on what is happening in the country but then the government knows exactly what to do make us safe,” said the captain.
The Super Eagles start their quest to qualify for the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in two years, and the Nigeria Football Federation has opted to the stadium in Kaduna after the men’s national team have played in Abuja, Calabar and recently the new AkwaIbom Stadium in Uyo, where they have enjoyed little success.
“I am concerned because it’s not Kaduna but because of the security thing. I really don’t care where we play as long as there is going to be security and safety of the players and everyone coming to watch the match,” added Enyeama.