Ike Shorunmu, the Super Eagles’ goalkeeper trainer, on Monday said the chances of team’s captain, Vincent Enyeama, winning the 2014 Glo-CAF African Player of the Year award are slim.
Enyeama, the first-choice goalkeeper at Lille of France, is on the final shortlist of three nominees for the 2014 edition of the awards.
He, however, has to contend with the 2013 winner, Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire, and Gabon’s Pierre Emerrick-Aubameyang.
Shorunmu, who was also Enyeama’s former Super Eagles teammate, said in Abuja that while he wants Enyeama to win the award, it would be difficult with Toure in the picture.
“Of course I want Vincent (Enyeama) to win it but it’s going to be difficult, especially with Toure in there too,” Shorunmu said. “(Toure) is the current holder of the award and it will be difficult to beat him to it because he has done well for his club and country. However, that is not to say Enyeama hasn’t done well, because he has and it will be great if he wins it.”
Toure is strongly tipped to win the award again, having won it in 2013. However, Enyeama has had a better year with both club and country in 2014, with the 32-year-old recently named the best goalkeeper in France for 2014.
The awards have been scheduled to hold on January 8 in Lagos.