KESHI: WHY I MADE ENYEAMA EAGLES CAPTAIN
Posted: May 31, 2012
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has explained why he decided to pick Lille of France goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama ahead of other players to captain the team in Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Namibia.
The former Togo national team handler took the decision on Monday after Turkey-based Joseph Yobo sustained injury while on club duty and was ruled out from the clash.
Speaking to Complete Sports from the Super Eagles Metropolitan Hotel camp in Calabar, Keshi said the choice of Enyeama was based on his committed service and long stay in the team.
According to Keshi, such responsibility can only be given to a player that has good knowledge of the team.
“Enyeama was picked to captain the team in view of what he has contributed to the team and his level of commitment. We also looked at the period he has spent in the team before we decided to make him the captain and we expect so much from him,” says Keshi.
“Of course, you know that the captain of the team is Joseph Yobo, but now that he is injured, we needed to pick another experienced player to lead the team with the hope of ensuring that we have a good game against Namibia on Sunday."
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles who are sweating it out in Calabar ahead of the encounter against Namibia, will begin their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign on Sunday when they file out at the U.J Esuene Stadium.
Keshi is looking forward to winning the game as he has assured Nigerians of qualification for the next Mundial.
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