Nigeria’s Goalkeeper Vicent Enyeama, was named man of the match despite the 1-0 defeat suffered by his team in the hands of the Argentinans in todays Group B World Cup match on Saturday.
Enyeama, who plays his club football in Israel with Hapoel Tel-Aviv, in a post match conference said:
“I watched Messi’s games in the Spanish league along with a little bit of good information that I got for the game,”
“It would be my best personal performance playing against the best player in the world. For now you cannot take that away from me and that’s the best game in my career.”
His teammates credited Enyeama with keeping Nigeria in the contest and still with a chance of progressing out of their group.
“He’s a good goalkeeper, he made three or four really good saves and he really helped us,” striker Obafemi Martins said.
Peter Odemwingie agreed: “I want to thank our goalkeeper today and our defence because against such a good team as Argentina to only concede one goal I think is a good achievement.”
Enyeama was Israel’s club player of the season last year and has been on the radar of several of Europe?s biggest clubs over the last two years, including sides in Turkey, Spain and England.
Lagerback lamented a split-second lapse in concentration for Nigeria’s third defeat at the World Cup against Argentina.
“I have given a lot of credit for the way we have handled set pieces defensively in our friendlies, but we were asleep at one of the corners and that was enough,” the Swede said.
“That’s the game at this level. If you have a lack of concentration for a second when you’re playing those kind of players then you will be punished and we were, otherwise we would have had at least a draw.”
Lionel Messi saluted a “phenomenal” display from Vincent Enyeama after the Nigeria goalkeeper produced the performance of his life to deny the Argentine forward in their Group B game on Saturday.
“The goalkeeper was phenomenal,” Messi said after Argentina were limited to a 1-0 win over Nigeria at Ellis Park with Enyeama producing a series of tremendous saves to thwart the world player of the year.
“He takes all the credit. We played a great game today and created a lot of chances. We just couldn’t get the second goal.”