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Carl Ikeme “honoured” to make Nigeria debut

06 September 2015, 17:56

Abuja - Super Eagles debutant Carl Ikeme says he is honoured to have finally made his debut for Nigeria.

The 29-year old was voted the man-of-the-match in the 0-0 draw in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday, his saves ensuring he kept a clean sheet on his debut and saving the teams blushes on several occasions.

And he has expressed his delight at making his debut, while also thanking the fans and his family for their support.

"Great honour to make my debut for the Super Eagles. Thanks to my family, friends and fans for your support," he tweeted.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper was a replacement for Captain Vincent Enyeama, after the latter withdrew from the squad due to the death of his mother. 

Ikeme made a number of telling saves to keep Nigeria in the match, with the Super Eagles faltering without making any real impact in the opponents final third. 

It was an abject display at best, with Haruna Lukman's return to the team lasting only 35 minutes with the Anzhi Makachkala midfielder having a miserable day, and was replaced by Sylvester Igboun. 

Carl Ikeme turned out to be the teams only shining light on the day, with coach Sunday Oliseh also acknowledging the goalkeeper's impressive performance.



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