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Enyeama to quit Eagles in 2017, nominates Akpeyi as replacement

08 June 2015, 12:55

Abuja - Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has stated categorically that he will retire from international football at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Lille of France goalkeeper has been Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper for the better part of the 13 years he has been a Nigerian international and there has been muted talks about his successor and when he will eventually leave the international scene.

And the 32-year old has stated in no unclear terms that he will retire from international football after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

“I will certainly leave after the next Africa Cup of Nations,” he said. “I have been here for thirteen years now and from when I started, you will notice I am the only one still standing,” Enyeama posited.

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The former Enyimba goalkeeper admitted he was on the verge of quitting after the last World Cup in Brazil, but was prevailed upon by his family to hold on.

“I thought about quitting after the World Cup in Brazil, but I spoke to my family and they encouraged me to stay on,” he revealed.

Enyeama went on to mention Warri Wolves goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi as his possible replacement.

“I heard Dan (Akpeyi) did well in our last match in South Africa. I think he’s a good goalkeeper and I think he can take over from me,” he added.

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