Super Eagles captain congratulates Yaya Toure

Super Eagles Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has congratulated Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire for emerging the 2014 African Footballer of the Year for the fourth consecutive time.

Enyeama said this during a press briefing held immediately after the Glo/CAF Awards at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, on Thursday night.

Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City midfielder, Toure, won the award for the fourth time in a row.
Enyeama came second ahead of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund FC of Germany attacker, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for everything; a big thanks to everyone here, to everyone who nominated me, who voted for me, to CAF, to Glo, to members of the press, I want to say a big thank you,” Enyeama said.

“I’m not a bitter loser, I’m not bad. Big congratulations to Yaya and we respect him. Qualifying or not qualifying, it doesn’t count. It pains me that Nigeria is not going to be at CAN but for the award, I support the decision of tonight, a big congratulation to him and I thank God for him.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, who was present at the event, declared that Nigeria was very proud of Enyeama in spite of not winning.

The NFF president, however, said that he would have preferred the Super Eagles captain to win the prize because he was the only goalkeeper in the top three, “which is no mean feat.”

“I just feel that it might be a very subjective reason to have a goalkeeper in that category, that goalkeeper easily would have been given that privilege of winning the African Footballer of the Year,” Mr. Pinnick said. “Because you rarely see a goalkeeper being selected among the three best in the world. But of course, we are excited that he finished top three, which means that he is Number 2 in Africa and he will work hard.

“To us, he has demonstrated what very few Africans have demonstrated – being to the world cup three times, he has shown a lot of great dexterity, a lot of leadership and he has been a super ambassador to the country. So give or take, we are still very very proud of him and we are very very proud of YayaToure as well, he is a very good ambassador of Africa.”



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  • Martins

    Brilliant piece. I regret voting for this administration. To imagine that we’re witnessing the greatest act of cronyism and nepotism since independence is quite alarming.

  • bello williams

    Well said

  • daniel

    Good intentions but the writer is not an economist. With dwindling foreign reserves, how was the government to fund petrol and forex needs sustainably? Deregulation was inevitable.

    Nevertheless, it’s true that this administration lacks wisdom and competence the details of which we can’t begin to talk about now.


      The trouble with Nigeria is NOT economic; it’s social.
      The country is running on fumes, and wickedness.
      The basic economic activity of demand and supply, is skirted. Nepotism is rampant; there’s no education, or training. The presidency is on a religious agenda. Get these things through your head.

      Every thing in Nigeria is by command, including the economy.

      • daniel

        True, nepotism and giving hajj the preferred place for Forex funding are certainly detrimental, but the greatest hindrance to economic emancipation is the lack of protracted funding to stimulate productivity, compounded by lending rate at between 25 and 30 percent. The interest rates in the rich and vibrant economies of the world don’t exceed 8 per annum. The highest rate that right is for the state of our economy now shouldn’t exceed 5 percent.

  • Tosin Otitoju

    Thank you for writing. Nobody cares, please focus on the next administration.

  • Protruth

    “Some governors hiding behind the veil of economic recession have practically abandoned their responsibilities…..” This reminds me of Gov Amosun. Has anyone realized the guy has locked up shop, going by the spate of abandoned projects that litter the state. Perfect examples are the abandoned Alagbole-Akute-Ijoko road and respective bridges. This was deserted immediately after President Buhari’s groundbreaking ceremony during the Ogun state anniversary. Another notable forgotten project is the major road into Magboro town. Its been contracted out is the story in the air.
    We can blame PMB and Buharinomics but some of these governors are certified empty heads. Ditch the parties, they are all the same. Our leaders are not yet born.