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Days after helping Maccabi Tel Aviv to their first Israeli League title in 10 years, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama wants more glory

Posted: 25 April 2013 Time: 17:33

Days after helping Maccabi Tel Aviv to their first Israeli League title in 10 years, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama says he is hungry for more trophy-gobbling glory.

Enyeama kept a clean sheet as Tel Aviv ran out 2-0 winners at Hapoel Ironi Ramat Hasharan to secure the title with four games to spare, and he told that winning is a part of him.

"I am a winner. Everywhere I go, I try to win something and this victory feels really good. I give all the glory to God."

The title is Enyeama's 10th in an 11-year senior career. He won 3 Nigeria league titles and two CAF Champions League titles in his time with Enyimba.

Following his move to Israel, he won the Israeli Cup twice with Hapoel Tel Aviv and the league title once before moving to France to join Lille.

Failing to get a starting spot, the goalkeeper returned to Israel to join Hapoel's rivals Maccabi.

Early this year, he played an integral part as the Super Eagles won the African Nations Cup, and having followed that up with the Ligat ha'Al trophy, Enyeama has now set his sights on the FIFA Confederation Cup.

"We have to take each game as it comes, but we are not going there to make up the numbers. Our target is to win the trophy and by the Grace of God, we will," said the deeply religious Enyeama.

But first, there is the little matter of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

"We have two very important games against Kenya and Namibia to play, and we have to concentrate on that because it is very important for us to qualify for the World Cup.

"After that, we can focus on the Confederation Cup."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:20 pm
good point Enyeama i always have confidence in u.
posted: 06:22 pm
Enyeama you are indeed a 'deeply religious' man. By their fruit we shall know them. For me, i didn't see Emmanuel Okala play, but based on the Nigerian goalkeepers i've seen, Enyeama is by far the best. Remain blessed Enyeama. Naija forever.
kola, us
posted: 07:23 pm
Everybody is entitled to their opinion @game 147, but i will say you are not far from the truth. Okala, Best Ogedegbe and Peter Rufai in my opinion are better than Enyeama, but it still remains Nigeria has never produced a world class goalkeeper like the Camerounians and Ghana. If there is what we lack in our football over the years it has to be QUALITY goalkeepers.

It is really unfortunate that Siasia suspended this guy INDEFINITELY , hoping to replace him permanently with Aiyenugba, if he was between the post for the Guinea game maybe he would have prevented the 2nd goal.
All over the world everybody talks about the offense and little about defense , and this is even true about every sports, but it's worse for football, there is no statistics to evaluate defenders and keepers, so at the last AFCON because Emenike scored 4 goals people rate that as superior to the heroics of Enyeama.

Pls @ Game147 who should be the most valuable player in the last AFCON?

It was unfortunate , that because Siasia wrote off Enyeama most of Siasia's fan wrote Enyeama off, but he proved them wrong. Too many mistakes siasia made that got him fired not Eguavoen, Osaze , or NFF.
posted: 08:06 pm
Mucho gracias monsieur Enyeama for the 11 years you have given your all to the Green-White-Green. I remember in 2002 when Master Onigbinde put you into the world cup line up. You have made him and a lot more Nigerians proud since then. Keep soaring.
posted: 11:33 pm
@kola us, Exactly , people are entittled to their opinion. I think Enyeama's stats speaks volumn and he's not done yet. My most valuabled player at the last Afcon ??? Mikel Obi 'kererenke', he was a silent commander-in-chief. In fact the whole team was solid.
posted: 03:49 am
kola abeg let us leave Siasia out of this. But for the record, it makes perfect sense that he dropped Enyeama for the Guinea match. Enyeama was not playing for his club and the last time Enyeama played in an actual match was the time in played for Nigeria against Argentina in June. The match against Guinea was in October or November...I don't remember.

Would you use a goalkeeper that has not played a single match in 4 or 5 months for an important game? If he used Enyeama and we lost I'm sure you guys would be saying way did he field a keeper that has not played in months.

Even Keshi self did not use Enyeama until Enyeama went back to Israel where he played regularly. Abeg if you want talk, make you talk truth.

But Enyeama is a very good keeper. Once the confederations cup comes around everyone will remember the fantastic keeper that stopped Messi in 2010.

posted: 03:54 am
Abeg even before the nations cup this year Keshi was using Ejide as his number 1 goalkeeper. Remember Ejide got injured in the friendly right before the nations cup began that is why Enyeama resumed his role as our number 1.

Una get selective memory abi na wetin? I believe Enyeama is our best goalkeeper but make una no dey twist the story.
kola, us
posted: 05:00 am
naijabros pls what were smoking before you started typing?

Enyeama has being the 1st choice of Keshi since he started coaching Nigeria, Keshi did not used any other goalkeeper for either the cup of nations qualifiers or world cup qualifier, so stop providing wrong information.

Keshi has played like 24-26 matches so far in 18months, and no player has played in all these matches. For the 1st 12 months Keshi played like 16-18 matches, and a lot of them were played by home- based, so Ejide and other players featured in those matches. Enyeama made a mistake in Malawi and one other match, but Keshi said he will stick with him, because all you Siasia fans were calling for his head for the mistake and wants to justify that Siasia was right about Enyeama.

Siasia never used any other goalkeeper except Enyeama , the only matches he did not played were the last 3 due to suspension.

They gave Siasia 12 months to qualify us for AFCON, he did not play any friendly in the 1st 3months, that was why he had no team. He had over 150 players to try out just like Keshi , but he only played 8matches before Ghana match, so because he was lazy he could not try out enough players, sooo he kept rotating the boys from his junior teams, and at the end of the day we saw the result.

On the other hand Keshi tried as many players as possible to get those that have heart, and those that will be committed and devoted. He played a lot of friendlies with the home-based , and at the same time staying busy without the foreign based players, whereas the lazy Siasia will not coach until the pros come to town, and at the end we saw the result.

Keshi put in hard work, all siasia did was travel to Europe to watch Mikel play, go to Brazil to watch world cup fixtures , and travel to Columbia to watch John Obuh's boys that he never saw play in Nigeria , and go to Germany to watch the women play.
kola, us
posted: 05:28 am
naijabros, what were you smoking before you started typing?

Siasia never used any other goalkeeper before Enyeama was suspended, why did he not just tell him we are going to try another keeper instead of the disgrace?

Keshi never used any other keeper except Enyeama for all the nation cup and world cup qualifiers, so if Ejide try -out in a friendly does that mean Keshi was trying to replace Enyeama? Enyeama had 2 bad matches in Malawi and another , all siasia fans called for Enyeama's head so to justify that siasia was right, but Keshi said he will stick with him. So naijabros what gave you the idea that Keshi was going to drop him?

Keshi tried out so many players unlike Siasia that was rotating his boys from the junior teams, and how many matches did Emenike played in?. Keshi played like 16-18 matches in the 1st 12months and 24-26 till date, siasia only played 8 matches before the Ghana match, that was why his lazy ass could not try-out enough players. Siasia only coach when the pros are in town, but Keshi never stop coaching or playing friendlies perfecting his techniche
either the pros were in town or not.

While siasia was travelling to Europe to watch the likes of Mikel play,travelling to Columbia to watch Obuh's boys that he did not see play in Nigeria, going to Brazil to watch world cup fixtures that he will not participate in, or going to Germany to watch the women's team, Keshi stayed in Nigeria with the home-based and we can see the different, just like 7-UP.

posted: 06:23 am
Point the post where I called for Keshi's head? I've been the one saying we should support whoever is the coach of Nigeria because at the end of the day, we all want Nigeria to win.

You have an irregular hate for Siasia. Like I said before, leave him out of this. I told you a simple fact, Enyeama did not play a single match for 4 to 5 months before the Guinea match. You ignored that fact to post an argument about Siasia. A man that this article does not concern.

And we wonder why fellow Africans think we Naija people no get sense. We read sentence but we cannot comprehend what we read. Na wa O!
posted: 04:09 pm
Enyeama is Africa's best goalkeeper, and among the best ten in the world. I agree with Kola, Siasia greatest tragedy and ineptness was in full display as he left out this gentleman goalkeeper with sharp reflexes for a jittery Dele Ayenugba. For that blunder, he denied us the opportunity to appear in that nations cup final last year and we shall never forget that.
posted: 08:40 pm
Listen to the live commentary of the Final of CAF U-17 AYC match. Nigeria v Ivory Coast from 16:20 on Saturday 27th April 2013 in Marakech Morocco. Go to for the commentary and analysis of the encounter.
posted: 09:16 pm
@Naija bros and co, abeg u guys should not bother responding to Kola USA. If Siasia is not included in his comment, then, it's definitely not him. Even in a non-related news, he must find a way of hating on Siaone.
Siaone made his mistake JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER PERSON (INCLUDING KOLA USA), he has learnt from it and has moved on, but Kola USA will continue to live in the past....
posted: 09:22 pm
Kola, God will help you that the hatred in you will not hurt you one day. This article has nothing to do with Siasia, why bring him into the discourse? Players are chosen on current form; that Enyeama is No. 1 today does not mean he will forever be No. 1. Even when he was active, he made mistakes like other goalkeepers do. You may twist the truth as you want but the truth remains that the injury of Ejide was the reason why Enyeama was our No. 1 at the nations cup (even under Keshi). It is good for him that he was able to justify the confidence put in him.

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