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Akwa United eye move for Enyeama

Vincent Enyeama

Akwa United are eyeing a move for legendary Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama.

Enyeama has been without a club since leaving French Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille in August 2018 but has been keeping fit ahead of his next move.

The 37-year old last month admitted that he may consider relocating to Africa if any team offers him a good deal, but was specific about a move to Absa Premiership in South Africa.

Speaking to African Football HQ, Enyeama said: “Yeah, why not? Johannesburg is a good place to be,” Enyeama confirmed. “If there’s an opportunity to play at Chiefs or Pirates, why not?

“Football is my life, football is my blood and if there is an opportunity to play and the terms and details are okay and my family and wife are okay with it, then we move.”

Akwa United, who are placed 6th in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, are hoping they can convince Enyeama to return to his boyhood club with the right deal.

Enyeama played for the Promise Keepers (Ibom Stars) between 1999 to 2001 before joining Enyimba where he won three consecutive NFPL titles and also won the CAF Champions League twice with the People’s Elephant.

Vincent Enyeama
Vincent Enyeama won three NPFL titles with Enyimba (PHOTO CREDIT: APP)

His last stint in the NPFL was with Heartland (Iwuanyanwu Nationale) in the 2004/2005 season before moving to Bnei Yehuda in Israel.

A close source to the NPFL side believes the Uyo based team can handle the financial demands of Enyeama, being one of the teams in the local league known for paying heavy salaries.

The Athletic NG understands that despite Akwa United hoping to sign the goalkeeper, it is yet to be seen if Enyeama will agree to return to the NPFL, with interest from South Africa.

The Promise Keepers have already resign striker, Akarandut Orok from Bahrain side, East Riffa last year and Enyeama will be a good addition for Kennedy Boboye’s men.

Sudanese based coach, Azeez Muhammed in an interview recently advised Nigerian players to return to the NPFL and play a season or two before retiring from professional football in order to help boost the domestic league.

It is understood that if Enyeama agrees to move to Akwa United, it will start a revolution of Nigerian players who will want to return to the NPFL.

Vincent Enyeama who is from Akwa Ibom State is Nigeria’s most capped player with 101 caps. He captained the Super Eagles to the 2013 African Nations Cup title in South Africa.

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