Nigeria’s Enyeama voted Africa’s best keeper

  Posted: 10 Jan 13, 14:06

By: Patrick Korir

Super Eagle Vincent Enyeama is has been named Africa’s best goal keeper at the close of the year 2012.

This is according to the IFFHS’s January 2013 release of the list of World‘s best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century.

Peter Schmeichel

According to IFFHS, the ranking of the best goal keeper was done on the basis of the annual world vote combined with an ‘equitable method” that is then used to allocate points.

Despite being Africa’s best, Kaduna born Enyeama, now 30, is 48th in the overall list with ten points.

The Lille player but on loan in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv keeper is tie in that position with legendary Peter Schmeichel of Denmark, Óscar Pérez of Mexico, Andreas Isaksson of Sweden, Italy’s Carlo Cudicini as well as Doniéber Alexander Marangon of Brazil.

Carlos Idriss Kameni

Ghana’s Richard Kingson, now with Blackpool in the English second tier league is regarded as Africa’s second best keeper – he is 55th placed with nine points.

Cameroun’s Carlos Idriss Kameni, now with Malaga in the Spanish league is rated as Africa’s third best keeper. He is 81st in the overall list.

Top of the list, with 238 points is Italy’s Gianluigi Gigi Buffon of Juventus. Spain’s Iker Casillas of Real Madrid is next best with 217 points.

Petr Cech 

Czechia’s Petr Cech who is at Chelsea is third with 172 points.  Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar, formerly with Manchester United is fourth with 116 points and Germay’s Oliver Kahn (99) completes the top five.

The next five positions are taken up by long serving Barcelona keeper Victor Valdez (97), Brazil pair of Nélson de Jesus (90), formerly with Portuguesa but now with Gremio and QPR’s Júlio César Soãres Espíndola (76), retired German keeper Jens Lehmann (72) and Argentine Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri (72). 

Fabien Barthez is 11th with 55 points with Liverpool’s Spanish keeper José Manuel Pepe Reina coming in at 12th with 54 points. 


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