Sunday, 8 December 2013


Is a known fact that nothing can last forever, we have seen teams go unbeaten for a while and finally loose one day, so too do strikers score for a number of consecutive games and experience goal drought and the trend has continued with Lille Nigerian goal keeper Vincent Eyeama whose 14th straight consecutive clean sheet came to an end on Sunday thanks to an own goal by Lille teammate Simon Kjaer in the Ligue 1 clash with Bordeaux.

The Danish defender deflected a harmless looking shot by Bordeaux' Landry N'Guemo which tantalisingly hit the post before entering the net in the 28th minute of the match.
It was the first time Enyeama had had to pick the ball out of his net since September 15 in the 2-0 defeat by Nice.

Enyeama, who captained Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February this year, had been closing in on the overall Ligue 1 record of 1176 minutes held by Gaetan Huard for Bordeaux during the 1992-93 campaign. The Lille goal keeper kept clean sheet for  1,062 minutes of Ligue 1 football

"I cannot hide my relief because I was worried the record would go," Huard told French sports channel Bein Sport.

Enyeama can content himself with being the second on the all-time list, having taken second spot during last Tuesday's Ligue 1 game with Marseille.

This record by Vincent Eyeama comes at a time when its very difficult to find an African goal keeper as first choice in any club in the major leagues across Europe.
I suggest clubs should follow the footsteps of Lille's club manager René Girard who chose Enyeama as the first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Steeve Elana, who was the first-choice goalkeeper when Rudi Garcia was the club manager and give African players especially Goal keepers the opportunity to show they can also stand in between the sticks for their clubs.

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