Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Ezenwa Identifies Enyeama as his role model
By Our Correspondent
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has stated that his predecessor in the goalpost, Vincent Enyeama is his role model, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
Enyema retired from the national team under acrimonious circumstance during coach Sunday Oliseh’s short reign as the Eagles handler. He made 101 appearance for the country since making his debut in the 2002 World Cup whhie playing for current NPFL champions, Enyimba of Aba.
He retired in 2015 after 13 successful years including Olympic medals and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations crown where he was deputy captain
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who is now a goalkeeper for the Nigeria Professional Football League side, Heartland FC of Owerri, has picked Enyeama as his role model.
“My favourite goalkeeper that gives me motivation is Vincent Enyeama,” Ezenwa said in a video interview on Super Eagles Youtube handle.
“The first time in the Nigerian Professional Football League, in 2006, when I signed my first professional contract, everything he did then when he was at Enyimba, that’s the same way I was dressing – the cutting of jersey and every other thing.
“I love him so much, he’s my mentor, even to this day I keep talking to him, trying to learn more from him because from watching him play for the country he gives me so much joy because there is this charisma in him.
“You will never see him panic, the confidence in him that he carries to a game is what I’ve always learned from him and I think it’s paying off for me and he’s a man I will never forget.”
Enyeama was part of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations of in South Africa He has also participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.