Okocha and Kalusha thumb up Enyeama

By 10:45 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 Comments

The African football legends have described as phenomenal the performance of the Super Eagles goalkeeper at the ongoing 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil

Former Nigeria captain Austin Okocha has heaped praises on

Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama for his

brave showing against Argentina on Wednesday night.

Lionel Messi’s brace inspired Alejandro Sabella’s men to a 3-2

victory over the Super Eagles but the Lille of France player

posted a five-star performance to keep the scoreline


According to Okocha who captained Nigeria to the 2002

edition of the World Cup co-hosted by Korea/Japan,

Enyeama is Nigeria’s man of the competition while insisting

his former national teammate deserves more accolades.

“He (Enyeama) has been our man of the tournament . Not

only that, in the past few years too,” Okocha said on


“I was fortunate to be in the team when he made his debut

in 2002 in japan and I think he has gone on from that baby

to become a very good goalkeeper.

“ Good to see him perform not in this tournament alone but

week in week out for his clubside.

“I think he deserves more credit than he is given,” he


In the same vein , the Football Association of Zambia

president Kalusha Bwalya feels Nigeria’s qualification for the

second round was a result of his heroics and will sell himself

to bigger clubs if he posts another commanding

performance against France on Monday.

“He is a great goalkeeper no doubt and he is the main reason

why Nigeria is moving to the second round,” said Kalusha

“Looking at the first game, he was absolutely magnificent

same as the second game.

“Now that the Eagles have reached the knock-out phase, it’s

a good platform for Enyeama to market himself,” concluded

the Zambia football legend.



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