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Super Eagles captain congratulates Yaya Toure


LAGOS – Super Eagles Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has congratulated Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire for emerging as the 2014 African Footballer of the Year for the fourth consecutive time.
Enyeama said this during a press briefing held immediately after the Glo/CAF Awards at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, on Thursday night.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City midfielder, YayaToure, won the award for the fourth time in a row.
Enyeama came second ahead of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund FC of Germany attacker, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
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“First of all, I want to say thank you for everything; a big thanks to everyone here, to everyone who nominated me, who voted for me, to CAF, to Glo, to members of the press, I want to say a big thank you.
“I’m not a bitter loser, I’m not bad.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
“Big congratulations to Yaya and we respect him.
“Qualifying or not qualifying, it doesn’t count. It pains me that Nigeria is not going to be at CAN but for the award, I support the decision of tonight, a big congratulations to him and I thank God for him.’’
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Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, who was present at the event, declared that Nigeria was very proud of Vincent Enyeama in spite of not winning.
The NFF president, however, said that he would have preferred the Super Eagles captain to win the prize because he was the only goalkeeper in the Top Three, “which is no mean feat’’.
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“I just feel that it might be a very subjective reason to have a goalkeeper in that category, that goalkeeper easily would have been given that privilege of winning the African Footballer of the Year.
“Because you rarely see a goalkeeper being selected among the three best in the world.
“But of course, we are excited that he finished top three, which means that he is Number 2 in Africa and he will work hard.
“To us, he has demonstrated what very few Africans have demonstrated – being to the world cup three times, he has shown a lot of great dexterity, a lot of leadership and he has been a super ambassador to the country.
“So give or take, we are still very very proud of him and we are very very proud of YayaToure as well, he is a very good ambassador of Africa.’’
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