ENYEAMA DEFIES FANS THREAT TO SEAL MACCABI DEAL
Posted: Aug 09, 2012
Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has finally agreed to join Israeli side,Maccabi Tel-Aviv despite his initial fear of victimisation from fans of his Hapoel Tel-Aviv, the club he was before his one year miadventure to France where he failed to displace Lille's Mickael Landreau as first-choice goalkeeper at the former French champions.
Enyeama quickly opted for a career-saving return to Israel but this time to Hapoel's arch-rivals Maccabi and his decision has not gone down well with angry fans.
As a result, Enyeama told BBC Sport that the move could be derailed because of a hate campaign directed at his family by Hapoel fans furious at the prospect of losing their former player to their biggest rivals.
"Both clubs have agreed to this move but personally I have not made up my mind," Enyeama said.
"I have suffered severe hate abuse on my facebook page, threats via email and to be honest I need to have a meeting with Lille.
"I understand verbal threats but when it involves your family you've got to take it seriously."
The abuse directed at Enyeama has reached vitriolic levels on various Israeli websites and he is concerned that his family would have to bear the brunt of further venom following his switch to city rivals Maccabi.
"All I wanted was to get regular football action instead of sitting on the bench at Lille," he said.
"As your country's first-choice you need to keep pushing yourself because other goalkeepers are also improving and getting better.
"I hope things can be resolved quickly because these hate mails are seriously getting out of hand."
Things seemed to have been resolved as the Nigerian shot-stopper has been unveiled by his new club.
At the unveiling ceremony,Maccabi Tel-Aviv's sporting director,Jordi Cruyff told the club's official website of the new addition: "We are delighted to add a goalkeeper in the caliber of Vincent Enyeama to our squad and are certain he will prove to be a valuable asset to the team".
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