Former Nigeria international goalkepper Emmanuel Babayaro says Wolverhampton Wanderers shot stopper Carl Ikeme, is more technical between the sticks for Nigeria than erstwhile captain and former number one Vincent Enyeama.
Enyeama quit the Nigeria national team last year after a row with former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh and, since then Ikeme has taken over his spot as the number one shot stopper for Nigeria.
Despite the fine performances of Ikeme, new coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr confirmed he is still in talks with Vincent Enyeama over a return to the senior national team of Nigeria.
However Babayaro, shortly after seeing Ikeme post another man of the match performance for Nigeria in their 2-1 win away to Zambia in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers, believes the English Championship based shot stopper has more techniques behind the sticks than the Lille of France man.
” Am not saying he is better than Enyeama but in certain areas, Ikeme is more refined and those are key areas. The training Ikeme received at a young age naturally puts him ahead of Enyeama, who got to where he is now by sheer determination and hard work ” He told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” Ikeme has more techniques than Enyeama, for instance he is quick off his lines, has better foot works and above all has great positional awareness which means he doesn’t need to do more in terms of diving to make a save. Let’s not forget his reach as well due to his height”.