Enyeama signs new deal to stay at Lille till 2019

Vincent Enyeama

Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has penned a two-year contract extension at Lille of France.

The Ligue 1 club on Thursday released an official statement on its official website, which reads: “LOSC is pleased and proud to announce the extension of Vincent Enyeama contract for two more seasons. The Nigerian goalkeeper of 33 years will continue to defend the goal for LOSC until 2019,”

Lille OSC training centre director, Jean-Michel Vandamme, believes that keeping Enyeama at the club is “fantastic” news considering his quality.

“Vincent is an exceptional lad both on the field, and also outside. Continuing to work with a player of his calibre and a man of his quality is something fantastic for the club. He still has a bright future and showed that again this season. He is happy at LOSC and feels like home (for him),” said Vandamme.

Enyeama’s initial deal was set to end in the summer of 2017, but Lille were happy to offer the 2013 AFCON winner a new deal.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper joined Lille from Israeli club, Hapoel Tel Aviv, in 2011, but was sent on loan to Israeli club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, after struggling to get first-team action.

He had a fantastic 2015/2016 season, keeping 18 clean sheets in Ligue 1, and two in the league cup, making it 20 clean sheets in 39 games in all competitions for the club.

Enyeama is presently in Nigeria for the Joseph Yobo’s testimonial match.