After years of superb service for his nation and clubs, Vincent Enyeama feels that he is overdue to lift the Afcon with Nigeria
Enyeama has been in the Nigeria setup since 2002, and told Goal.com that reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final is one of his greatest achievements. Nigeria will take on surprise finalists Burkina Faso on Sunday.
“I think it is high time that I get to lift the trophy,” said Enyeama. “We are all determined to win. Every player is ready and I think it will take a team effort for us to win this cup,” he said.
The goalkeeper was named stand-in captain when he started games without full-time skipper Joseph Yobo.
“I am just a goalkeeper wearing a captains belt, but the true captain is Yobo and the rest of the players. When we enter the field everyone is a leader, and I think that is what has made us successful,” he said.
He won the footballer of the year award in 2009 whilst playing in Israel, and also the Caf Champions league twice with Enyimba, but Enyeama believes those achievements don't compare to the Afcon.
“Yes, I know that I have achieved a lot of things in my football career, but I still owe my country the Afcon . The mood in the side has been great and I have had a great relationship with my coach Stephen Keshi. He surely comes in with depth of experience and belief in all the players. It is always great playing under such a coach.“Going to the finals we don’t know what will happen, but we know that we are going to give it our all and God will do the rest,” he said.