Former Super Eagles captain and Lille OSC goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has been rated the sixth best goalkeeper in Europe for the 2015/16 season by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.
The former Super Eagles goalkeeper is the only African on the top 10 list, making him the best on the continent.
He was however behind the likes of Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Kevin Trapp (PSG), and Claudio Bravo (Barcelona).
Enyeama was rated higher than Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Alphonse Areola of Villareal, Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Pepe Reina of Napoli, who all made the list of top 10 shot stoppers across Europe’s top Leagues.
The 33-year-old also received his nomination trophy for the Ligue 1 Team of the Year Award.
In France, the former Super Eagles star will contend with Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain) and Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Ettiene) for the Ligue 1 golden glove.
However, the Nigerian is a big favourite for the award as he has 21 clean sheets this season from 35 matches – a feat he capped with the best player award in Ligue 1 for the months of October and November.
“From the depth of my heart, I want to say a very big thank you to God for this season,” Enyeama wrote on his official Instagram page.
“My wife, kids, brothers, sister (family). A big thank you to all my co equippers, coaches, staff medical and equipment managers. The president, directors, co-ordinators, everyone that worked round the clock to make me become a better player and have a successful season, the amazing supporters/fans.
“Special mention is my goalie coach (Jean Pierre aka Mommote) Steeve Elana, Mike Maignan, Jean Butez. All the players from other clubs that nominated and voted me for this award.
“All the journalists and critics that set me on the right path. Thank you so much.
“Hopefully on the day, your votes will be enough for me to get the real trophy and not just the nomination trophy.
“Thank you, I appreciate.”
The Ligue 1 team of the year nomination is Enyeama’s second in three seasons.
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