Abuja - Ahead of his expected debut for the Super Eagles, Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has told News24 that he won't be trying to be like first choice goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama.
The 29-year old was a surprise inclusion to the team for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, and admitted himself that he was 'shocked' to get that call, but says he's enjoying being with the team and won't be trying to be like Enyeama on game day, but would rather be himself.
"Obviously I was delighted when the call came from the coach, but I was a bit shocked because I wasn't really expecting it and I'll just try to do what I do for my club and hopefully it will be good for country as well.
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"So far the team has had me settled in well and I'm enjoying being a part of it but I'm not going to try to be Vincent (Enyeama), I'll just try to be myself.
"Obviously the call came late and I didn't expect it but as I said I'll just do what I do for club and I hope that will be good enough," Ikeme stated.
Sunday Oliseh confirmed on Wednesday that Vincent Enyeama had pulled out of this weekend's trip to Dar-es-Salaam for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, and it was later learnt that the goalkeeper had lost his mother.
Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is another goalkeeper in camp, but it is expected that Ikeme will get the nod as Enyeama's replacement on game day.
The team travels via a chartered flight on Thursday.