Super eagle’s goalkeeper and Captain Vincent Enyeama had his 100-cap celebrations spoilt Wednesday as visiting Uganda turned party-poopers with a 1-0 international friendly victory.
Farouk Miya, who plays for the Vipers club in Kampala, delivered the stinging blow nine minutes from time in southern city Uyo with a deflected close-range shot that looped into the net.
Vincent Enyeama however said that the team is ready to move with the lessons learnt from this game.
“Disappointing to lose. It’s a training game and we had a lot on new players and just one training session,” he told reporters after the game.
“I didn’t know the names of some of the players I was playing with. I was just shouting ‘hey’ sometimes,” he added.
He was honored with a special plaque on his 100th appearance by Akwa Ibom governor Godswill Akpabio and NFF President Amaju Pinnick.
Enyeama is the second Nigerian after retired former Everton defender Joseph Yobo to make 100 appearances for the Super Eagles.
And he is the fourth African shot-stopper after Egyptians Essam El-Hadary, Nader El-Sayed and Ahmed Shobair to become an international centurion.
Enyeama plays for French Ligue 1 outfit Lille and the 32-year-old is widely regarded as the best current African goalkeeper.
Nigeria are rebuilding after failing to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and rarely threatened to score against the well-organised Ugandans also captained by their goalkeeper, Denis Onyango.
South Africa, who host Nigeria on Sunday in another friendly, warmed up with a predictable 3-1 away victory over neighbours Swaziland.