The best African goalkeeper in history is Vincent Enyeama, who plays for the Super Eagles.
The International Federation of Football History and Statistics chose Enyeama over other renowned African goalkeepers including Joseph-Antoine Bell, Thomas N’Kono, and Essam El-Hadary (IFFHS).
The former Super Eagles goalie’s exceptional accomplishments for club and country over the course of a career spanning more than a decade, according to the committee, were a factor in the selection.
Enyeama played for a variety of teams, beginning with Enyimba International in his native Nigeria. He later traveled to Europe and sported the jerseys of teams like Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Tel Aviv, and Lille, among others.
The former Super Eagles captain participated in three World Cup competitions on behalf of Nigeria and was crucial to the team’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
As a goalkeeper, Enyeama enjoyed a distinguished career and won various individual honors, including three times being voted the best goalkeeper in the Israeli Premier League and once being awarded the best goalie in Ligue 1 for the 2013–2014 campaign.
With 21 shutouts in the 2013–2014 season, the Port-Harcourt-born goalkeeper also holds the record for the cleanest sheets in a season in the French top division.
With his consistently impressive performances in goal for the Super Eagles over a number of years, Enyeama is sometimes hailed as the finest goalkeeper in Nigerian football history.