EXCLUSIVE: ‘I would say yes’ – Enyeama on Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer role


There are unofficial reports that former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been offered to work with Nigeria’s new coach Finidi George.

Afrik-Foot reached out to him for a confirmation as it had been reported that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials were awaiting his response. Enyeama said, “If I am given that opportunity I will take it immediately, but it’s news [potential appointment as new Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer] to me. Two people asked me about being the new Super Eagles goalies trainer on Instagram but I just could not say anything.

“The truth is that nobody from the Federation has told me anything, and that’s why I am confused with the aspect that I have not responded. They have my contacts so I believe they would contact me directly if it’s true and not the media. But if it’s true, I am cancelling my holiday plans and straight to work with the team.”

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Why Vincent Enyeama loves the job

Enyeama believes the Super Eagles job is one that hardly anyone would reject especially with the type of players in the team.

“How can I say no to working with this team? This is one of the best teams anywhere right now, and that’s why I’m really pained the way the final match against Ivory Coast ended.

“I will say yes because I would enjoy being a part of this team. There’s great possibility to achieve so much with them. It is a very balanced side.

“It’s sounding like a rumour but let it end as a good story. Mind you, I won’t push for this appointment; I won’t go out of my way to ask for it but if it comes, I will say yes.”

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Fifteen years of meritorious service

Enyama had more than 100 caps playing for the Super Eagles after making his debut in 2002. This includes being at the post for Nigeria in the 2002 World Cup match against England.

“This would be lovely. It will be like a good handshake after 15 years of meritorious service to the country.”

Last month the former Lille of France goalkeeper spoke in an exclusive interview with Afrik-Foot, and this is how he responded on getting a place on the Super Eagles bench.

He said, “No, no, no it’s not that I am not interested; it’s just that I am not certified. For you to be able to coach the Super Eagles, you must be certified. That’s the minimum standard.

“That’s number one reason and then for the fact that I have been very busy developing and managing my hotel has taken a lot of my attention and that business is the most important thing for me now.

“So football is like number two for me now unless just one day the Nigeria Football Federation says ‘Please come and share your wealth of experience in this area with these players’ then it becomes a different thing altogether. For now, I have to wait until I get the necessary certificates before I can say this is where I want to coach, or the area where I can support the national teams.”

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Pius Ayinor

Pius Ayinor started his football writing with Complete Sports/Complete Football. He has served as the Sports Editor of The Comet newspaper; Deputy Sports Editor of Thisday/Editor Global Soccer and Sports Editor of The Punch.
The World Cup and Olympics are familiar terrains having covered the Korea/Japan World Cup; Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 as well as the Athens 2004 Olympics, London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Games.