Super Eagles goalkeeper speaks on replacing Vincent Enyeama

Carl Ikeme has been the Super Eagles first goalkeeper since Vincent Enyeama retired from the national team

Carl Ikeme

Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has spoken about replacing former number one goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama.

Enyeama was Super Eagles number goalkeeper for many years before he called it quit in October after clashing with coach Sunday Oliseh.

Ikeme has been the Super Eagles first goalkeeper ever since and revealed that it has not been difficult to do because he has been doing it his own way, not trying to emulate the Lille goalkeeper.

When asked if it has been difficult replacing Enyeama in an interview with , Ikeme said: “I wouldn’t say it was difficult.

“I was always aware that Vincent’s been the No1, captain and been an unbelievable goalkeeper for Nigeria, probably one of the best African keepers to ever play the game.

“I don’t really want to try and emulate someone else. I want to do it my own way and be the best I can be. I know people always want to compare goalkeepers to each other, but I’m just trying to concentrate on what I do and do the best for Nigeria.”

Speaking further in the interview, Ikeme opened a lid on the atmosphere in the Super Eagles camp revealing that the players are always singing and dancing in the team bus.

“There’s a lot more singing and dancing, especially on the way to the game. Everyone’s singing on the bus,” the 29-year old.

“It’s a bit different than going to a local game here, where most lads are quiet on the coach going to a game, listening to their own music.

“Everyone with Nigeria gets involved singing and dancing on the way to the game.”

Ikeme who was born and raised in the United Kingdom by Nigerian parents also revealed that playing for the Super Eagles has brought him closer to his roots.

“I’ve always been really close with the Nigerian side of my family. I always felt Nigerian. If anybody asked me I’d tell them my parents are from Nigeria, but I suppose being part of the squad and going to Nigeria hopefully more in the future will give me more sense of the culture,” the Anambra State born said.

“It’s difficult to be involved deep in the culture when you’re brought up in England, but going back to Nigeria a lot more will bring me a lot closer to that, and I’m looking forward to spending more time in Nigeria.

“I actually prefer to play international games in Nigeria than in Europe. You just get a better sense of the atmosphere and the people.”

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