Enyeama hopes kidnapped girls will be returned soon

alt “It is really heart-breaking. This is something I could not even wish on my worst enemy. I want to believe that my government is doing its best to release these girls. We do not know how this problem can be solved, but we are in a hurry it is. We really want them back. We, the Super Eagles, really hope that this problem will be solved,” he said.

Enyeama, who plays his club football for Lille in Ligue 1, was earlier this month named as the best African player in France and recieved the coveted Marc-Vivian Foe award, named after the Cameroonian international who died during a Confederations Cup match in 2003.

The goalkeeper, who kept 21 clean sheets during the past season and came close to breaking the French record of not having conceded a goal for the longest time, has already represented the Super Eagles at the 2002 and 2010 World Cup finals and is hoping that the side can go further this time around.

In 2002 and 2010 the West Africans were knocked out in the group phase, but Enyeama is confident that they will be able to go far. “We are focused on the World Cup, to make Africa the proudest continent. Ghana almost reached the semi-finals four years ago.

“We are going to make a better result, and be the first African team to get to the semi-finals of the World Cup.”

Nigeria has been drawn into Group F and will face Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Iran in the group phase and could, should they advance, face France in the next round – provided Nigeria finish second and France first in their respective groups or vice versa.

But even though Enyeama would then potentially face players that he knows very well, he is not too concerned.
“If we play against France, it will be interesting, but if we play against Switzerland, it will also be interesting. The important thing is to qualify.

“Playing France for the last 8, it's not really what matters to me right now, I just want the team to make it to the second round. But maybe we will come out first, and then we will not have to play against France.”