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Vincent Enyeama gets four-year deal with Lille

Posted: 10 June 2011 Time: 12:25

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will begin the new season in Ligue 1 after signing a four-year deal with French champions Lille. 

After six years in Israel with Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel Tel Aviv where he won two State Cups and a league title with the latter, Enyeama will move to France and have a chance to play in the Champions League next season.   "I can confirm that I have finally signed a four-year deal with Lille of France and I am happy that the move will boost my performance for Nigeria and the club," the 28-year-old said to Complete Sports.   After being voted the best player in two of Nigeria’s matches at the 2010 World Cup, many expected Enyeama to move to a bigger European club but that was not to be.   Enyeama’s move to Lille will see him compete for a starting place alongside established number one Mickael Landreau.   As well as being a safe pair of hands, the reigning Nigerian Footballer of the Year is known for his penalty kicks which earned him eight goals in 112 appearances for Hapoel including one in the Champions League against Red Bull Salzburg last season. 

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posted: 12:51 pm
enyeama, nigeria's no 1, one of the best goalkeepers to come out of africa, we hope you take over the no1 spot in lille, and you will have the opportunity to face the best strikers in europe. We expect more tangeble moves by nigerian players
posted: 12:52 pm
This is a move that has been long overdue,Thank God it has finally materialised.Nigerian best keeper for the last 6 yrs no doubt! I wish u all the best even though you have to start from the bench for atleast one season,keep fit and stay focus!
posted: 12:57 pm
Vincent Enyeama went to Lille as the n° 2 goal keeper, that is what he said in his face book and other sports site said so, i need to work very hard.
good luck and patient to you.
42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 01:03 pm
Haba... this guy was 30years old during the World Cup now he is 28 years old??? na wa ooooooo abeg!!!
posted: 01:04 pm
I'm happy for this guy. Very brave goalkeeper. He doesn't care if their eleven Lionel Messi or C. Ronaldo on the pitch. He believes in ; ' anything you be mek you carry am come I full ground'. For Me, this guy is the best Nigeria goalkeeper ever. The difference is that while the likes of Emmanuel Okala, Peter Rufai e.t.c enjoyed good defensive cover , Enyeama plays with jittery and porous defenders. I wish Nigeria tightens up its defense so as to enable this guy win trophies for Nigeria. He deserves the best. Enyeama the 'brave-heart' , see you in the Champions League. Up Naija.
Baba Dudu
posted: 01:06 pm
@ Maratha:

Why are you lying?

This is the guy's profile from FIFA during the World Cup.

Please check your facts right!


Date of Birth: 29 August 1982
Height: 185 cm
Shirt number: 1
Position: Goalkeeper
Current club: Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR)
International Caps: 58
International Goals: 0

First international: Nigeria - Kenya (4 May 2002)
One of the best shot-stoppers in Africa, Vincent Enyeama has been the undisputed first choice between the posts for Nigeria.

42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 01:13 pm
@Baba Dudu you are right and I say Messi doesn't accept brown envelopes you are going to be taught a very harsh lesson. Siasia must just send his resignition letter beforehand because he will be haunted out of Nigeria by the blood thirsty fans after this match!!! That dirty no 5 and 13 will be tormented for 90minutes they might just as well fake injuries now and go for surgery hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
posted: 01:14 pm
dis one na old story mr udo
posted: 01:16 pm
Good news for Nigeria. Best African keeper at the moment.
posted: 01:18 pm
@Maratha: your comment look like a peace of shit do ever goes to school to understand a simple headline so dirty inside
posted: 01:21 pm
@Baba dudu.

So wha is wrong in Samson Siasia's statement?

Since when did it become a crime for a coach to answer questions from the press about his expectations for his team? or to drop hints about his plans for success in upcoming games?
What amounts to 'talking too much' in what you just posted? or would you rather have a deaf and mute as coach?
42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 01:21 pm
@luis-hero I am just adding to Baba Dudu about Siasia's comments read:

Baba Dudu: 2011-06-10 13:03 [ Report ]


Eagles ’ll beat Argentina again - Siasia
posted: 01:23 pm
@Baba dudu.

So what is wrong in Samson Siasia's statement?

Since when did it become a crime for a coach to answer questions from the press about his expectations for his team? or to drop hints about his plans for success in upcoming games?
What amounts to 'talking too much' in what you just posted? or would you rather have a deaf and mute as coach?
no be una fault
posted: 01:28 pm
Without trying to undermine any forum-nite here but i wonder wot some of us have upstairs i dont know why an average Nigerian is always sentimental should it be a person like Yak who found himself in this angle most of us here would have ask Siasia to ban him for life for disrespecting our green jersey, but becos it is Osaze we have suddenly became emotional just becos he scored 15 goals in the entire season how about some players who netted 50goals 40goals 30 and 25goals should they be tag untouchable in their respective nations,

you see humility cannot be bought in d market if you dont have it is simply you cant learnt it becos humility must be in-born not something you learn that is the more reason why i love, respect and admire about that wonder kid called Messi if d likes of Osaze had 50percent of Messi talent OMG Nigeria could have been in trouble by now becos anytime you need him for national assignment you must fly him in a presidential or private jet if not then count him out,

Messi got an incredible talent he is a once in a life time player but his humility on and off d pitch can not be measured Messi never made headline for d wrong reasons.

If am Sia1 and by now Osaze had not call or send an email to me or d captain to explain himself believe me if he like let him go to CNN and apologize dat will be for himself though i will accept his apology but i will now place a temporal ban of 2years on him and additional 2years suspended ban if NFF dont buy d idea let them go and look for another coach period! cos by so doing no player will ever think of disrespecting d national team ever in d future

If by mistake you think i hate Osaze then do yourself a favor and Olatunbosun my past comment on KON about Osaze becos am one among d few here who wasted my time "yes i mean WASTED" in reporting Osaze goal and performance in EPL, and Sia1 should henceforth stop answering questions about Osaze and in my part this will be d last time to comment on this Osaze issue becos is not worth it anymore.

I laugh wen i read sometin like we could have won in Ethiopia if Osaze was included in d team AFAAC we could have lost dat game if Osaze was there d reasons are too obvious for some who knows football very well, if football trophies are won by individual talents then Ivory coast national team could have been the champions of champ in Africa and a team to reckon with in d world

I know that during the course of the Kanu testimonial some players like Kanu, Jay Jay and Peterside Edah will intervene to get Osaze tender an apology but i urge Siasia to as a matter of sensitivity and national interest to drop Osaze on our way to Madagascar if not we might kiss AFCON 2012 goodbye
posted: 01:49 pm
Enyeama desrves to walk into the starting eleven of any team in the world. I am not happy that he is going to be number two for any team in Europe, the least, Lille in France! He sure deserves better!
no be una fault
posted: 02:00 pm
If we as a football nation ever regret dropping Osaze then we have no right to pride ourselves as an African giant in football. we all agreed that Siasia is building a new team but why must we expect to conquer the world with a team under experiment, in Nigeria we lack so many things and one of them is patience look at Senegal today it took them years to form this wonderful unit we all see in that team in the process they missed out on one or two ANC but their fans were patience and today they are enjoying football,d indispensable Diuof who sees himself as d bedrock of d Senegalese team then is begging writing multiple letters to d President of Senegal to prevail on the Coach to let him back in the team

Even though i know we will still qualify automatically to ANC 2012 but in case were we dont make it we must accept it in good faith as a price we need to pay in other to get it right in our football becos gone are d days wen reputations plays football now if you are not ready d so called small team will teach you football lessons

In Siasia interview after d Ethiopia games he said dat it is time to ring the changes in personnel that means he had some standby players he need to test before he come up with his final squad a team Nigerians will love to watch play real football, i told a friend who was equally mad about our away result that if Nigerians want the SE to qualify to Brazil 2014 and break that jinx of no African team to reach the semis in d WC then we must learn to give Siasia the free hand to cook this team for Nigeria and d time to start doing that is now.

posted: 02:04 pm
@Baba Dudu, do not be deceived by Nigerian journalists' sentimental headlines. The original story in BBC was headlined 'Siasia rued Argentina friendly'and there was no place in the report where he said that he would have beaten Argentina 4 - 1 if Messi and others had been paraded.
The main gist of the report was that even if we beat Argentina again and does not qualify for the nations cup, it will count for nothing. I think Super Eagles media officer needs to address the press men to be careful with the way they caption their news report else Siasia should just reduce interviews he grants to press men.
posted: 02:17 pm
Congrats to Enyeama for the new contract. However, being our number one goal keeper, am inclined to ask if this decision is for his best interest and Nigeria. I suspect that he is going to Lille as a back-up keeper and therefore, going to join the league of bench-warmers. At Happoel he enjoyed regular national and continental football. What does a player enjoy more than playing? It is sad that he is going to Lille. A big fish in a small pond could have been better as Lille is likely going to lose some of the players that made it thick last season if success is his drive. Wish him luck any way.

Also, am very concerned about our goal keeping department in the national team (SE). In the abscence of Enyeama we feel very light. Ayenugba doesnt impress me. Vanzekin has been destroyed by pride and Ajiboye of the U23 looks like alaye guy. Looks very hyperactive. Hope his handlers can help him to concentrate and talkless. Our central defence is weak. This may be controversial, I would like Chukwudi (formerly of the U17) to be given a chance in U23 or SE. There's a kind of maturity in his game that Efe doesnt posses. Yobo may not be Yobo in 2014.
posted: 02:39 pm
@Marvel, you asked a good question, but i think it is firstly for his own interest. Remember in isreal, he has been there, done it and got the T-shirt to show for it.

He can't because he wants to be Nigeria No1 choice and remain in an obscured league for the rest of his career The Guy needs fresh challenge and if it lille can provide it for him so be it.

We would all love Enyema to be No 1 choice at his club, if he doesn't become No 1 then he would have to work hard for it. He wants a fresh challenge, he got one. we all wish him all the best.
posted: 02:52 pm
OLD NEWS COLIN UDOH, Africaplays, completesports nigeria and hav already covered this news and you just giving it to us as sumthing new, LOOOL!! COME CORRECT DUDE!!! sad truth is dat u aint even trying to give us update on nigeria league or players in europe we dont know about. if you were in ENGLAND givin us dis dump U wud have been FED 2 da fishes!!!


OH SHOOT B4 I 4GET: 21gunz, u will die and kofi kenke kwasi dickblowing ghana scum, you just envy naija so much u wish u cud b like us, we run AFRICA dude whether its good or bad, so dont hate on us 4 whatever we do, bcuz the whole world knows when we get it right we will b UNSTOPPABLE!!! So all u hating naija peeps, DIE SLOW!!!!!

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