Nigeria’s goalie vows to silence ‘doubters’
THE Super Eagles of Nigeria will keep on silencing the doubters until the end of the African Nations Cup, according to goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
Enyeama is confident they will not only beat Mali on Wednesday, but go all the way to win the final.
Enyeama has been one of the star performers of Nigeria who ensured they reach the semifinal after brushing aside Côte d’Ivoire, winning Sunday’s match 2-1.
"This is a great achievement for us and the people of Nigeria. I know when I said we would beat Côte d’Ivoire many people thought we were dreaming," said the Israeli-based Enyeama, who commended his compatriots for a job well done to date.
"We have been watching Côte d’Ivoire since the start of this tournament and we knew that we will end their campaign in this tournament. The doubting Thomases are in for more big shocks.
"We are ready for Mali. I can promise you we will be in the final and will also win it."
Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi is building a new Nigerian team that wants to emulate the success of the class of 1994.
"We want to take Nigeria back to the winning ways and once more becoming one of the powerhouses in African and global soccer," Enyeama said. "We owe it to the people of Nigeria."
Keshi, who is on track to become captain and coach to win a Nations Cup gold medal with the Super Eagles, was also on cloud nine after the win over Côte d’Ivoire. "My team was simply the best. Beating a team with big-name players like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou is a great achievement," he said.
"We played well and deserved the win. I know many people did not give us a chance.
"For us, it is work in progress in terms of building a new Nigerian team.
"We are now going to prepare ourselves for Mali. It will be a tough one, but I believe in this team to make Nigeria proud."
Keshi, who captained the Nigerian team that won the Nations Cup title in 1994, was full of praise for Sunday Mba who scored the all-important winning goal. "It was a brilliant goal, our success in this team is all about team work," the Super Eagles coach said.
The win also saw Nigeria reaching their fifth semifinal in seven Nations Cup finals.