Enyeama, Lille part ways finally

Former Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama and his French club Lille have parted ways. The former international and Lille had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

The Nigeria joined Lille from Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv in June 2011 and made 164 appearances just as he also led the Nigerian team. It was all smooth going with Lille until April 2017 when he asked to look for a new club by previous boss Marcelo Bielsa.

On Friday he took out time to thanks Lille fans via Instagram and Twitter platforms.

“After seven years, the adventure ends now and I can only thank the club and supporters for the amazing love,” Enyeama, who played with the reserves last season, told BBC Sport.

Enyeama, who played 101 times for the Super Eagles, helped the club to the 2016 French League cup final where they were edged by Paris St-Germain.

Lille on their part paid a glowing tribute to the player on their website: “Beyond his performances, Lille and the supporters will remember Vincent’s smile and enthusiasm. The club now wishes him the best in his future projects.”

He has now been widely linked with a move to French Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre by the local media in France.

Enyeama made his debut against Kenya in May 2002 in Lagos and during his international career he helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he emerged as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

He played in five Nations Cup tournaments – in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013 – and was part of the Nigeria squad at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.

The former Maccabi Tel Aviv stopper, who won two African Champions League titles with Enyimba, retired from international football in October 2015.