By Toby Prince
Enyeama unceremoniously quit international football on Thursday after a highly successful 13-year stint following a row with coach Sunday Oliseh at the Super Eagles’ camp in Belgium.
Mbia, 29, has had a blissful career – wining the Europa League twice with Sevilla, two FIFA World Cups and African Cup of Nations appearances as well as featuring in the 2008 Olympics.
The Super Eagles face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Sunday in an international friendly and the Trabzonspor midfielder praised the Lille keeper in his pre-match comments.
“I think Enyeama has his personal reasons for retiring but for me he is the best goalkeeper in African football history,” Mbia told Daily Nation Sport.
While the Eagles were being thumped 2-0 by DR Congo on Thursday, the Indomitable Lions crushed Belgian top flight club, Oostende, 3-1.
Both nations will be using the friendly to prepare for the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Cameroon will play either Somalia or Niger while Nigeria face Djibouti or Swaziland in the first of potentially several qualification matches in November.