Enyeama bags coaching job in France

Enyeama bags coaching job in France

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has secured a coaching job in France.

Enyeama has been named new goalkeeper coach of French National 3 side, Iris Club de Croix. The 37-year-old former Lille shot-stopper has been without a club since he departed the French top-flight outfit in August 2018. But, as reported by Goal.com, he has now been given the chance to commence his journey in management.

Specifically, Enyeama’s appointment was disclosed in a statement released on Iris’ Facebook page. He will take over the coaching of the goalkeepers from the team’s reserves to the U16 division.

Enyeama began his professional career at Ibom stars in 1999. Thereafter, he joined Enyimba where he helped the Aba-based outfit win three Nigeria Professional League titles; two CAF Champions Leagues and one CAF Super Cup.

In 2015, he moved to Bnei Yehuda in Israel. In his debut season, he helped the Lions to reach the final of the Israeli State Cup; as well as a fourth-place finish in the Israeli top-flight that earned them a place in the 2006 UEFA Cup; now re-christened Europa League.

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After two seasons at the Bloomfield Stadium, he signed for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

There, Enyeama was the club’s chief penalty taker and inspired the club to two Israel State Cup trophies; as well as one Israeli Premier League title.

His impressive performances in Israel caught the attention of top French side, Lille. Subsequently, he joined the Great Danes for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. His maiden appearance came in the French club’s 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan in the 2012 Champions League group stage.

In 2013, he went on a 14-game run without conceding a goal. He was eventually beaten for the first time in 1062 minutes against Bordeaux.

On the international scene, he made his debut for Nigeria in 2002 against Kenya; before going a step further to feature at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Enyeama won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title with Nigeria under the late Stephen Keshi.

He drew the curtain on his Super Eagles’ career after representing the country in three World Cups; one FIFA Confederation Cup and five AFCON appearances. Enyeama boasts 101 appearances and is Nigeria’s all-time most capped player; an honour he shares with current Super Eagles assistant coach Joseph Yobo.

Recently, his former international teammate John Utaka was appointed as manager of Montpellier’s U19 team.

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