Vincent Enyeama

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Vincent Enyeama
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Enyeama playing for Lille in 2014
Personal information
Full name Vincent Enyeama
Date of birth (1982-08-29) 29 August 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Ibom Stars 56 (1)
2001–2004 Enyimba 100 (10)
2004–2005 Iwuanyanwu Nationale 36 (0)
2005–2007 Bnei Yehuda 56 (0)
2007–2011 Hapoel Tel Aviv 113 (9)
2011– Lille 118 (0)
2012–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv (loan) 27 (0)
National team
2002–2015 Nigeria 101 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2015

Vincent Enyeama (born 29 August 1982) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Lille as a goalkeeper. He was also a member of the Nigerian national team from 2002 until October 2015, serving as its captain from 2013 until his retirement from international football. He is his nation's most capped player of all time, ending his international career with 101 caps.[2]

Club career[edit]

In June 2011 he moved to French side Lille for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.[3]

In August 2012 Enyeama agreed a one-year loan deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv and was presented to the media by Maccabi's Sports Director Jordi Cruyff at 8 August 2012.[4]

During the 2013–14 Ligue 1 season, club manager René Girard picked Enyeama as his first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Steeve Elana, who had been the first-choice goalkeeper when Rudi Garcia was the club manager. With the help of his two centre-backs, Marko Baša and Simon Kjær, Enyeama kept 11 consecutive clean sheets in Ligue 1 matches during the first half of the season. On 8 December 2013, Enyeama finally conceded a goal after playing 1,062 minutes of Ligue 1 football in an away match against Bordeaux, during which he was beaten by Landry N'Guémo's deflected strike in the 27th minute. He thus came within 114 minutes of equalling Gaëtan Huard's Ligue 1 goalkeeping record, set during the 1992-93 season while playing for Bordeaux, of playing 1,176 minutes without conceding a goal.[5]

International career[edit]

After making his debut for the Nigeria national football team against Kenya in May 2002,[6] Enyeama was selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup as a cover for Ike Shorunmu. He made his competitive debut in that tournament, keeping a clean sheet against England in the third group match. Since the retirement of Shorunmu, he has been the first-choice goalkeeper for the national team, helping the Super Eagles to third-place finishes in the 2004, 2006, 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and captaining the team to victory of in the 2013 edition. He has also participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[6]

In the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, Enyeama stopped three kicks in the quarter-final penalty shootout against Tunisia, but could not prevent a loss to Côte d'Ivoire in the semi-final. In the 2010 tournament, he was again Nigeria's shootout hero at the quarter-final stage, saving from Zambia's Thomas Nyrienda and scoring the winning kick himself.[7]

Enyeama made his second FIFA World Cup participation in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. In Nigeria's opening match, he was named man of the match, producing a defiant display to restrict Argentina to a 1–0 win. Enyeama, who was playing his 56th international for the Super Eagles, made six fine saves against the two-time world champions, four of them from Lionel Messi. Argentine coach Diego Maradona praised him as the reason Messi was not able to score a goal. Enyeama was also awarded man of the match in the team's next fixture, a 2–1 loss to Greece, but was at fault for Vasilis Torosidis' winning goal.[8]

At the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Enyeama deputised for regular captain Joseph Yobo, who stayed on the bench for most of the competition.[6] On 10 February, Enyeama led Nigeria to its third continental victory, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 defeat of Burkina Faso in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final. He was named to the team of the tournament as first choice goalkeeper, conceding only four goals in six matches.[9]

In June 2014, Enyeama was named in Nigeria's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[10] In the Super Eagles' first fixture, he kept the second FIFA World Cup clean sheet of his career as Nigeria drew 0–0 with Iran.[11] He subsequently recorded a second consecutive shutout in the fixture against Bosnia and Herzegovina, a 1–0 win which gave Nigeria its first win at the tournament since the 1998 edition.[12] He conceded three goals in the last match of the first round against Argentina, a game which ended in a 3–2 defeat for Nigeria, placing them second in the group and thus qualifying them for the second round for the first time in 16 years.[13]

On 26 March 2015, Enyeama won his 100th cap for Nigeria in a 1–0 loss to Uganda. He retired from international football on 8 October 2015.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Enyeama is a Christian.[15]

In 2004 Enyeama was involved in a car accident in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, south-south Nigeria, in which two motorcycle passengers were killed. The driver of the car, of which Enyeama was in, was left in critical condition. Despite the severity of the accident, Enyeama came out with only bruises after the car somersaulted twice as it swerved to avoid the motorbike.[16]




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  2. ^ Tunde Eludini (14 June 2015). "Enyeama celebrates historic feat with Super Eagles". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria's number one joins French champions Lille". BBC Sport. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Enyeama joins Maccabi Tel Aviv". Maccabi Tel Aviv official website. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Enyeama invincibility ended in Bordeaux defeat". official website of Ligue 1. 8 December 2013. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Vincent Enyeama". FIFA. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Dave Lee (25 January 2010). "Zambia 0–0 Nigeria (Nigeria win 5–4 on penalties)". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Ian Ladyman (18 June 2010). "WORLD CUP 2010: Greece 2 Nigeria 1: Vassilis Torosidis' second-half strike condemns 10-man Nigeria to defeat". Daily Mail. Mail Online. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "2013 Afcon Team of the Tournament". Kick Off. 11 February 2013. Archived from the original on 14 February 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (3 June 2014). "World Cup 2014: Nosa Igiebor cut from Nigeria squad". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Iran 0-0 Nigeria". BBC Sport. 16 June 2014. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia-Herce". BBC Sport. 22 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Saj Chowdhury (25 June 2014). "Nigeria 2-3 Argentina". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Uganda spoil Enyeama's 100th cap for Nigeria". BBC. 26 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (17 November 2013). "Nigeria v Ethiopia: We can win World Cup - Victor Enyeama". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Enyeama escapes fatal crash". BBC News. 19 October 2004. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

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