Nigeria’s most capped footballer
Vincent Enyeama is the most celebrated footballer from Akwa Ibom State and the most capped Nigerian footballer of all times. Enyeama launched his illustrious playing career in 1999 with Ibom Stars, featuring in 56 memorable matches. He moved to Enyimba Football Club in 2001, played in 100 games for the club scoring 10 goals earning himself the rare distinction as one of the few goalkeepers with the ability to score goals. He won CAF Champions League with Enyimba before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now known as Heartland FC) and then to Bnei Yehuda, a minor club in Israel and helped the team to qualify for the 2006 UEFA Cup. The next year, he signed for relegation-bound Hapoel. Good thing he did, for he helped pulled the club back from imminent relegation, and was named Player of the Year. He also became Hapoel’s penalty kicker. He won league titles in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2011, Enyeama moved to the French club Lille on a three year contract.
During his time with the senior national team, Enyeama was pure dedication. He prioritised country above club and paychecks and retired in 2015 as the most capped Nigerian footballer, having featured in 101 matches. He led the Super Eagles to African Cup of Nations glory in 2013, represented the Super Eagles in three FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2010 and 2014 and was captain of the team from 2013 to 2015.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates a worthy son.