Estranged Nigeria international Vincent Enyeama was in action in his first game in over seven months as the reserve team of Lille beat Croix Football IC 3-1 in the Championnat National 2 Group C, equivalent of fourth-tier.
Prior to stepping out onto the Complexe Sportif de Luchin (Camphin-en-Pévèle) turf on Saturday evening, the 35-year-old Nigerian goalkeeper last game for Lille at any level was on April 15, 2017, when the first team lost 2-0 to Rennes in Ligue 1.
Having returned to full fitness, Enyeama agreed to play against Croix Football IC and was impressive, and the highlight of his performance was saving a penalty kick.
Enyeama expressed his pleasure at returning to action, posting on social media : “God has been so faithful.7 months and some weeks, God has taken me up. I had my 1st game. ‘’I want to thank everyone that worked for this day to happen. God bless you all.’’
Enyeama will become Nigeria’s oldest player to feature at the World Cup if he rescinds his decision to quit the national team and is selected for the FIFA World Cup in Russia by Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr.
Legendary goalkeeper Peter Rufai is the oldest Nigerian to feature at the World Cup, at the age of 34 years, 10 months and 4 days, which was in France World Cup in 1998.