Vincent Enyeama: Legendary Goalkeeper Explains Why He Hasn't Applied for Super Eagles Coaching Role

Vincent Enyeama: Legendary Goalkeeper Explains Why He Hasn't Applied for Super Eagles Coaching Role

Robert Abong'o
April 24, 2024 at 4:42 AM
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  • Vincent Enyeama has not applied for the vacant Nigeria coach role
  • The legendary goalkeeper runs a hotel after retiring from football
  • He won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations trophy with the Super Eagles

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2013 Africa Cup of Nations champion, Vincent Enyeama, has the ambition of coaching the Nigeria national team in the near future.

Enyeama is the most capped Super Eagles goalkeeper with 101 appearances before hanging his boots in 2015.

Since his retirement, the CAF Champions League winner has devoted his time and resources to the growth and expansion of the Vinpy Hotels.

Nigeria legendary goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama. Photo: Paul Gilham.
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has not applied for the vacant coaching role. Photo: Paul Gilham.
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However, he revealed two significant factors that prevented him from applying for the position, which has been vacant since Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro's departure.

Enyeama explained that he would have thrown his hat in the ring for the job if he had secured his coaching certificate and was not so invested in his hotel business.

"No, no, no. It’s not that I am not interested; it’s just that I am not certified. To coach the Super Eagles, you must be certified. Then the fact that I have been busy developing and managing my hotel has taken a lot of my attention, and that business is the most important thing for me now,” he disclosed, as quoted in an interview by Afrik-Foot.

Former Nigerian goalkeepers often tend to become goalkeeper coaches after they end their playing careers. However, Enyeama insists his desire is not to join the queue for goalkeeping coaches but to handle a senior team as the head coach.

Several former internationals, including Daniel Amokachi, Michael Nsien, George Finidi, and Emmanuel Amunike, have shown interest in becoming the head coach of the national team.

Peseiro, who had guided the Super Eagles to the 2023 AFCON final in Cote d’Ivoire, left the position after failing to reach a contract extension agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation, as reported by Own Goal.

Enyeama recounts special Lionel Messi moment

Sports Brief reported that Enyeama recounted his special moment with Lionel Messi when Nigeria faced Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The former Lille shot-stopper has faced Messi twice at the World Cup, the first in 2010 in South Africa and the second in 2014.

He was able to stop the former Barcelona star from scoring in 2010, but couldn't do the same four years later.

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