Super Eagles vice captain and Lille Metropole of France shot stopper, Vincent Enyeama, has thanked Nigerians for the support he has received from them, which he said also made it possible for him to be named the best African Player in the French Ligue 1 this season.
Enyeama, who spoke from his France based said he was delighted that he was picked as Africa’s best player in France and has been totally enthralled by the huge support of Nigerians over the award, promising that he will not fail the country during Mundial 2014 in Brazil.
“Now the leagues are almost over across the world and all of us have a new focus, which is the World Cup, we will go there and enjoy ourselves and also excel for ourselves and the country. I can’t wait for the World Cup to start”, he declared.
On his inspiration ahead of the World Cup, Enyeama widely regarded as Africa’s best goalkeeper of the modern era declared that it has always been God.
“God has always been the greatest supporter I have, He has always been there for me when I needed support and He has continue to inspire me to greater heights. Apart from that the support I get from my family and Nigerians have been massive inspiration for me, I pray that the World Cup will be a crowning glory for me, the team and all Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Super Eagles and Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun, has said he is at home with the decision of the national team’s technical crew not to pick him for the World Cup, since he was just recovering from a toe injury he copped in the Eagles friendly game against Mexico in Atlanta, United States recently.
Speaking to Super Eagles Media Officer Ben Alaiya on phone from Germany, Balogun, said it would have been unfair if a player who was just recuperating was picked ahead of a lot of others waiting in the wings.
“I have to be realistic; I had little or no chance of making the World Cup team because I have just started running now. I did five times, three minutes yesterday and today I have done three times, eight minutes and should be back playing in two weeks but that will not get me ready for the World Cup,” he said on Tuesday afternoon.
Balogun while praising the Nigeria Football Federation President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and its leadership also had good words for Coach Stephen Keshi, declaring that all through the NFF and the coach have kept a tab on his health.
“The NFF President sent Chris Green here to see me while I was recovering and the Head Coach has been in constant touch all through, I have been trying to reach Coach Keshi, just to tell him that I appreciate his support and I am not angry that I was not picked. I will be back and better for Nigeria and my club once I recover from this unfortunate injury,” he said.
On his immediate target, he said: “I want to be back when the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations starts and I want to give my all, because Nigeria is the only country I can call my own. For the Super Eagles I wish them the best in Brazil 2014 because I know they will do very well and I will be there rooting for them all the way”.