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Ikeme

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Ikeme is good,

Enyeama better, says Baruwa A

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former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Abiodun Baruwa, has downplayed talks regarding Carl Ikeme’s readiness to step into Vincent Enyeama’s position as the number one goal minder of the senior national team. Baruwa noted that although Ikeme was a good goalkeeper he was still a long way from stepping into the large shoes of Enyeama, who had been a regular fixture between the sticks for Eagles in over 10 years. Wolverhampton Wanderers goalie, Ikeme, had to step in the breach when Enyeama missed the 2017 African Cup of Nations

qualifier against Tanzania and the friendly against Niger. Ikeme’s impressive showing on both occasions coupled with Enyeama’s recent utterances which have hinted at a certain weariness with the national team and readiness to “hang his gloves,” have seen commentators and fans alike already salivating about the prospect of Ikeme manning the goal for the Super Eagles henceforth. They are already looking to send the experienced goalie on his way, but Baruwa is quick to dismiss such thinking. The former 3SC goalkeeper, who was a member of the football gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Atlanta Games, noted that

Enyeama was still very relevant in the national team set-up and that if there were any plans to let go of him such should be jettisoned. “He (Ikeme) is a good goalkeeper, but why are people saying he should replace Enyeama now? What are they thinking? Are they saying all of a sudden that Enyeama is not good anymore?” queried Baruwa. “Sometimes I don't understand our people. They don't understand how football works especially in the goalkeeping department. It’s a sensitive position. What I am saying is that Ikeme is good goalkeeper but for now Enyeama is still the number one, when he is retired, Ikeme can then come in to replace him.”

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