Enyeama: I want to retire a winner

Published On 09/06/2015 | By Liam Chambers | AFCON, Africa, International, Latest News, Nigeria, Top Stories

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama hopes to retire as an Africa Cup of Nations winner in 2017 when he hangs up his boots.

The 32-year-old Lille goalkeeper admitted to BBC Sport that he will retire following the tournament, should the Super Eagles qualify.

Nigeria, who won their third title in 2013, couldn’t defend their championship, when they failed to qualify for this year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

“It’s impossible to play football forever and the next tournament in Gabon will be my last one,” Enyeama admitted to BBC Sport.

“I’ve lost in the semi-final in 2004, won in 2013 and to win in 2017 is how I hope to be remembered.

“But more significantly we must not get ahead of ourselves because we need to qualify first.”

Enyeama has featured in five AFCON tournaments for the Super Eagles, and been a part of three World Cup squads.

“We are all determined to qualify for the Nations Cup, and after the tournament I can say a proper goodbye.” Enyeama added.

“It crossed my mind to leave after the World Cup in Brazil but crucially now I want to leave on a high by going all the way with my country on a successful ride.”

Nigeria host Chad in Kaduna on Saturday for their AFCON 2017 qualifier.




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