Abuja - Ahead of the weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
against Chad in Kaduna, News24 Nigeria caught up with Super Eagles goalkeeper
and captain, Vincent Enyeama. In this exclusive interview, the 32-year old
spoke about the upcoming qualifier, the future of the present Super Eagles and
reports linking him with a move to English Premier League side, Liverpool.
Thank you very much Vincent for speaking to us. We shall
start this interview by taking a look at the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
against Chad. After a few training sessions with the lads, how would you say
you’re looking forward to the game?
Nobody wants to be a part of a losing team, I can tell you
that. We all know what is at stake and we know how we felt when we lost out the
last time so we want to take the qualifiers from day one, irrespective of the
opponents we are facing. We are going to play a match and we know it will be a
strong game and we want to win, we just want to win.
I was going to make reference to the last Africa Cup of
Nations qualifiers, where you guys lost your first game at home. Looking at it,
doesn’t it put you under some pressure?
I’m not thinking of what happened last year because it’s
gone now. Ivory Coast have won the that Africa Cup of Nations so we can’t be
thinking of that now and if we are not thinking of that, there is no way we’ll
be playing under pressure. We don’t have to play under pressure because there
is no need for that and I can tell you that we won’t be playing under pressure.
I don’t believe in bygones so we have to focus on the next championship.
So Chad aren’t exactly the biggest team on the continent
(cuts in) They are the biggest team we could possibly play
at this time.
Is that the mindset going into the game?
Yes that’s my mindset. Chad is our biggest threat right now
and that’s the way we have to see them. And they are between us and
qualification right now.
So which means you support Stephen Keshi’s decision to have
a strong squad for the game?
This is not even our strongest squad if you go by names.
John Obi Mikel is not here, Emmanuel Emenike is not here and Austin Ejide is
not here as well, so not exactly our strongest squad. But the coach knows what
he’s doing by inviting these set of players. Nobody gave us a chance when we
won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 with a similar squad so all we need is
for Nigerians to start with us as we’re starting a new page. They should
support us and not call us Super Chickens because when you keep calling us
Chickens, it doesn’t give some players the confidence to play. They need to
stop calling us that and forge ahead. We need to be as a team and go for the
Let’s talk about your club career now, you were earlier
linked with Arsenal and now it’s Liverpool. Would you be interested in a move?
The truth is I will not be leaving Lille for any club if I
am not guaranteed of playing regularly and earning more money. I won’t take a
pay cut to move to England just like some players do, I won’t do that. If I am
moving, it has to be because I will play regularly and earn more money. I don’t
like jumping into offers because it’s always very difficult when you change
clubs. My family is settled in Lille and I am settled there. So it will take a
guarantee of regular football and more money to move.
Thank you very much for your time, Vincent.
My pleasure always.