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Enyeama: It’s a big shame only two players have 100 caps for Eagles

Enyeama: It’s a big shame only two players have 100 caps for Eagles
September 14
10:41 2021

Vincent Enyeama, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, says it is a big shame that only two Nigerian players have accrued over 100 appearances for the senior national team.

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Only Enyeama and Joseph Yobo are the two Nigerian players to have surpassed the centenary caps for the Super Eagles with 101 appearances each.

Last week, after Nigeria’s victory over Cape Verde, Amaju Pinnick, president of the NFF, in a video, claimed that Ahmed Musa had played his 100th game for the national team.

But a fact-check by TheCable on the claim established that Pinnick had made an inaccurate statement.

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The federation, in response, accepted that the Super Eagles captain is yet to join the illustrious list of players with 100 caps for the Super Eagles.

In a chat with ESPN on Monday, Enyeama said lack of continuity and commitment from players and managers were the reasons only two persons have achieved the feat.

He also compared Nigeria to “other top football countries,” saying it’s appalling that footballers play for the senior national team for over a decade but still won’t rake up centenary of appearance.

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“One hundred caps is nothing. I think it is a shame that we have only two players that have played for Nigeria up to 100 times,” the former Enyimba goaltender said.

“It is a big shame because with the quality we have in Nigeria, we should have more. That shows that there is a lack of continuity, consistency, commitment on the part of the players and management.

“Look at other top football countries, and you will find that many of their players, active and retired, have more than 100 caps. But we have players in Nigeria playing 10 to 15 years and still don’t get up to 100 caps because these coaches come in and change players all the time.

“Players like JayJay (Okocha), Peter Rufai, Kanu deserve to have more than 100 caps. It is sad that Mikel could not get up to 100 because he was very close to it. Going forward, we need to do better. We need more players to get there.”

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