Enyeama explains penalty save

Tuesday 18 November 2014

/ by Colin Udoh
Vincent Enyeama explains the importance of preparation 

Vincent Enyeama was once again the hero for Nigeria as the Super Eagles won 2-0 against Congo in Pointe Noire.

The former Enyimba goalkeeper saved a penalty that could have handed the Congolese a morale-boosting equalizer after Ike Uche had converted from the spot.

Enyeama told that he sussed out which way Congo forward Bifouma Koulossa would send his kick from the first time the two teams met in Calabar.

On that occasion, Koulossa beat Austin Ejide by hitting the ball to the goalkeeper's right corner. Enyeama says he studied that kick before the game 

"It takes a player with big balls to change the direction where he normally plays his penalty kicks, especially under pressure," he told after. 

"When a player is under pressure like that, with their team a goal down, the crowd behind them and needing to score, he tends to go for his comfort zone, which is his best spot.

"I looked at the penalty he scored in the first game, and I saw where he put it. So I went that same way because I was sure he would not change, because he was under pressure. And he did not."

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