Enyeama ‘Disappointed’ Over Treatment At Former Club Lille


Vincent Enyeama, a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, has revealed that he was disappointed about the manner he left his former club, Lille LOSC of France.

The former Enyimba shot stopper was having the best part of his career with the French club, but the arrival of coach Marcelo Bielsa signaled the end to his stay.

The 36-year-old also suffered injury, which complicated issues for him under the Argentine.

“The way things ended at Lille was disappointing, it was sad to leave the club alongside others who gave everything; without the chance to say a proper goodbye to the fans,” he told BBC Sport.

“You are recovering (from an injury) after giving so much to the club and suddenly everything ended like that, respectful football decisions are made – with a new manager and project on the table.

“I quite understand and respect that, yet it was not the kind of end you would want for a beautiful story but this is football.

“I always share positive energy every time I get a chance to see some of our fans, it is a good bond that will always live with me.”

But Enyeama stated that he is working to put the experience behind him and return to football again.

 “I have put the past behind me as I continue to train and hoping to make a positive return.

“I’ve received some offers in Israel and Turkey. But at this stage in life I want to make family a priority when I need to make a move, because they are very settled here in France.

“The way I play football is with a smile and I would love to do that knowing my family is happy and settled.”

Enyeama won 101 caps for the Super Eagles and helped Nigeria to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations In South Africa. 

He kept 17 clean sheets in 35 league appearances in the 2013/14 season to emerged as the first goalkeeper to be named French Ligue 1 African Player of the Season.


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