Lagos - Former Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo has branded current Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama as one of the best in the world as the shot stopper nears a 100th cap for his country.
Enyeama will become only the second player to reach a century of appearances for Nigeria, after Yobo himself, when the Super Eagles take on Uganda and South Africa in March.
The defender says his former team-mate deserves it because of the hard work he has put into getting where he is.
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"I am very happy for Enyeama, congratulations to him. He's a great goalkeeper. He has his time," Yobo told the Daily Independent.
"We took a different route. He had to start from the bench, coming off and fighting for his place before he became a super regular. I started and just continued.
"We started about the same time so I'm very happy that he's matching the record and I hope he can break all the records because he deserves it.
"On his day he's a top goalkeeper. He had his moment when he was in and out of the squad and we struggled with communication.
"But the period that we played together consistently we had a great time. On his day he can match any top goalkeeper in the world.
"He can make those unbelievable saves. And when you think 'no we are conceding' he'll stand his ground make some amazing saves. He shows up when you need him.
"It's always good to have a good understanding between the shot-stopper and the defenders.
"He's very experienced as well and that's a big edge.
"I keep saying to the coaches, you need to keep your older players and experienced players as long as you can to influence team positively because when you take them out at the wrong time it could break the young ones who look up to them for guidance and confidence.
"It's always difficult for players to achieve that but goalkeepers stay longer.
"He's a great guy and a great goalkeeper and I hope that he can go on and achieve all the records he wishes."For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.