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Enyeama wants to stage return after two years out, as he joins French Ligue One club Dijon on trial

Former Nigeria number one choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, is on trial at French Ligue 1 side, Dijon as he aims for a return to competitive action after more than two years away.

The 36-year-old has not played competitively since April 2017 and was released by Lille in August 2018.

The club says the free agent will train with them until the end of the month.

Coach Stéphane Jobard will then decide whether to offer Enyeama, who is keen on a route back to football, a deal.

Enyeama joined Lille from Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv in June 2011 and made 164 appearances for them, including the 2016 French League cup final where they were edged by giants Paris St-Germain 2-1.

His time at Lille also included 17 clean sheets from 35 league games in the 2013/14 season, that saw him emerge as the first goalkeeper to be named French Ligue 1 African Player of the Season.

Enyeama also played 101 times for the Super Eagles, winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

He is his country’s most successful goalkeeper after playing 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.

Meanwhile, Enyeama has joined French second-tier club Dijon on a three-day trial.

Enyeama has been without a club since he left Lille at the end of his contract in 2018, and is set to prove his fitness in an attempt to earn a deal ahead of the 2018-19 season.

His last competitive match dates back to March 2018, when he played for Lille’s reserve team in the Championnat National 2.

Enyeama will be will tested by the Ligue 2 outfit from Friday through till July 31.

“Vincent Enyeama will be tested by the Dijon. The former goalkeeper Lille, will train with the DFCO from Friday,” read a statement from the club website .

“He will also be present at Vittel from Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 July.”

Enyeama was a member of the Nigeria team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa before calling time on his international career in October 2015.

The 2014 Goal Nigeria Player of the Year still holds the most appearances [101] alongside Joseph Yobo in Super Eagles history.

Enyeama’s honours:

Club success:

  • 3 Nigerian league titles
  • 2 Caf Champions League titles
  • 1 Caf Super Cup
  • 2 Israeli League titles
  • 2 Israeli FA Cup

International success:

  • 1 Africa Cup of Nations
  • 3 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medals

Personal honours:

  • 2004 Caf Champions League player of the year
  • 2009 Israeli Footballer of the year
  • 2013 French Ligue 1 player of the month for October and November
  • 2014 French Ligue 1 African Player of the Season
  • 3 Nigerian player of the year honours

 

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