Former Lille and retired Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, started his journey in the world of coaching after being appointed the new goalkeeper coach of French National 3 club, Iris Club de Croix. Information released on the French club’s official Facebook page revealed that the ex-Eagles captain will be responsible for training goalkeepers in the club’s reserve team down to the U-16 division. The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has been without a club since his departure from French League 1 giants, Lille, in August 2018, and has now taken another dimension in his football career as a professional coach.
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37-year-old Enyeama began his football career in 1999 at Ibom Stars before joining Nigerian league giants, Enyimba FC, where he won the CAF Champions League twice, one CAF Super Cup, and three Nigeria Professional Football League titles before departing for Israel. After securing a move to Bnei Yehuda in 2005, he helped the club reach the final of the Israeli State Cup, as well as a fourth-place finish in the league which earned them a place in European football (UEFA Cup, now Europa League). Hapoel Tel Aviv would secure his signature two years later, a club where he stood out as one of the best in Israel, inspiring them to two Israeli State Cup titles and one league title, and was the club’s penalty taker despite being a goalkeeper.
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Enyeama’s decent performances in Israel would not go unnoticed as French league giants, Lille, signed him on a three-year contract which saw him go on a 14-game clean sheet streak in 2013. For the national team, he made his debut in 2002 against Kenya before featuring at the 2002 FIFA World Cup against England, saving a powerful shot from Paul Scholes that would see Enyeama make the headlines after the game. He would go on to make 101 appearances for Nigeria (tied with Joseph Yobo as most capped Super Eagles players), featuring in three World Cups, one FIFA Confederations Cup, and five AFCON tournaments (winning the 2013 edition). Enyeama now joins his ex-Eagles teammate John Utaka who was recently appointed the U-19 team coach of Montpellier.
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