The Nigeria Football Federation, through its spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, has insisted that Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is set for his 100th cap for the country if he features in the March 26 Bolivia friendly.
Reports in a section of the media on Monday argued that Enyeama was only on 98 caps and appearing in the Bolivia friendly billed for the Akwa Ibom International would only make his total appearance sum up to 99.
“There is no doubt that a lot of people have done extensive research on this matter,” Mr. Olajire said. “However, we insist that he has won 99 caps. Some persons appear to have omitted from Enyeama’s file, the Nigeria/Jamaica friendly match at Loftus Road, London on May 18, 2002, when Enyeama came in for Ike Shorounmu at the start of the second half.”
On his part, Enyeama has expressed gratitude to the NFF for the huge celebration they are planning for him as he hits the commendable milestone.
“Nothing matches being recognized by your own country,” he said recently. “I am very excited at the prospect of reaching 100 caps, and more so at the decision by the NFF to honour me on the day.”
Going down memory lane, Enyeama picked the Nigeria/Argentina FIFA World Cup match at the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg on June 12, 2010, as his best so far for the national team.
Enyeama put up a brave display in the game where he singlehandedly stopped the then world’s best player, Lionel Messi, from scoring in the explosive clash.