Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is determined to keep on improving and aims to become the best shot-stopper in the world in the years to come.
The Lille star beat the likes of Ahmed Musa, Obafemi Martins, Mfon Udoh and Ikechukwu Uche to the title of Goal’s Nigerian Player of the Year with an overwhelming 55 percent of votes cast.
In a year which has seen Manuel Neuer reach the final three in the race for the Ballon d’Or, the 32-year-old Enyeama is eager to build on his own impressive 2014 and challenge the Germany and Bayern Munich man as the world’s finest in their position.
“I am really happy to have won this award. I was already hoping to win it. I would like to thank all my team-mates at Lille and the Nigerian national team. I think it’s really hard for a goalkeeper to be recognised,” Enyeama told Goal.
“I want to win every match. Every day, I give my best to be better than yesterday. My target is to become the best goalkeeper in the world. This is my dream, and I’m working hard for this. I’m not yet at my best level, I have many things to work out.
“In Nigeria, we have worked on basics and specific things. Our coach [Stephen] Keshi is very important. At Lille, Jean Pierre Mottet is very helpful too.
They really helped to shape me, to shape my style, to make me who I am, a good goalkeeper.”
Enyeama led Nigeria to the round of 16 for the first time since 1998 at last summer’s World Cup and, while he finds it hard to choose his most memorable save, he has fond memories of his late stop to secure the points against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“The most memorable save, it’s very difficult to say because there were so many matches, so many saves in my career,” he added.
“Sometimes double saves, triple saves in a match… I can’t really choose one. But if I had to choose one moment, I think it was the last-minute save against Bosnia.”
Enyeama is also wishing Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper,Manuel Neuer wins the FIFA ballon d’Or award next week in Switzerland.
The former Enyimba of Aba shot stopper believes Neuer has done well by helping his club,Bayern win the Bundesliga 1 title as well as guiding Germany to win the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
‘I wish Neuer wins the award because he was brilliant for his club and country in 2014 but he is facing two formidable opponents in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and I think Ronaldo will win the award,’he told Goal.