–Former Eagles gaffer insists Nigeria captain deserves CAF Award
Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama could well be on his way to becoming the fifth Nigerian player to lift the Glo CAF African Player of the Year Award crosn given the honest wish and desires of CAF/FIFA Technical advisor, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde.
The Lille of France goaltender is in strong running for the coveted crown earlier won by the quqrtet of Nigerian super stars, (late) Rashidi Yekini, Nwankwo Kanu, Victor Ikpeba and Emmanuel Amuneke.
The 2014 CAF Award will hold at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos with the Nigeria captain listed to vie for the rown against the duo of Ivory Coast and Manchester City of England midfielder, Yaya Toure and Gabon and Borussia Dortmund of Germany ace, Pierre-Emeri k Aubameyag.
Obviously driven by a huge sense of patriotism, Onigbinde reckons that his compatriot, Vincent Enyeama duly deserves to scoop the award well ahead of Yaya Toure and Aubemeyag at Thursday’s ceremony in Lagos.
“I think Vincent Enyeama deserves to win the award and I won’t be surprised if he eventually mounts thd podium to be crowned as the 2014 African Player of the year award winner” , Onigbinde quipped.
Having served CAF for 25 years Onigbinde has reasons for tipping the former Enyimba of Aba and Bnei Yehuda of Isrel goal minder for the exalted award just as his four compatriots, late Rashidi Yekini, Vi tor Ikpeba, Nwankwo Kanu and Emmanuel Amjneke have done at different times in the pas
“Enyeama did so well for his club, Lille of France during the 2013/2014 French League season.He kept many clean sheets in the zeason a performance that earned them a slot in the 2014/2015 UEFA Champions League” Onigbinde recounted.
The Modakeke High Chief would go on to reveal what would be his greatest moment of joy if the award goes the Enyeama way on Thursday in Lago
“It would be a glorious mlment for me. When I recall what I passed through when I decided to hand him his first World Cup starting team shirt against England djring the Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup finals.
“I saw the talent and quality in him and I knew then he has a very bright future. Yet I was called all sorts of names and even accused of having compromised the game which was our last group match. His performancesince then has gone to prove me right and I feel it will be a crowninggloryfor not only him but myself inclusive if Enyeama wins the 2014 Glo/CAF African Player of the Year award” , Onigbinde said.