Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama says he expects a heavy bombardment from Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday and he will be up to the task.
The 31-year-old Lille shot stopper pulled off a game-defining save in the first half to ensure Nigeria drew 0-0 with Iran in their opening game at the World Cup on Monday.
And he said he expects to do a lot more against debutants Bosnia, who are widely regarded as “a team of strikers” led by Manchester City star Edin Dzeko.
Enyeama has proved his class in Europe, but he faces a stern test against the likes of Dzeko, who is his country’s all-time leading scorer with 35 goals from 63 games.
Other proven goal scorers for Bosnia are Vedad Ibisevic, the VfB Stuttgart forward, who scored the consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to Argentina to become first Bosnian to score at the World Cup.
Hoffeinhem captain Sejad Salihovic is a free kick specialist having scored three of his four international goals from free kicks.
Izet Hajrovic from Galatasaray and Edin Visca of Istanbul BB have also weighed in with their own fair share of goals.
“I was on holidays for most part of the game against Iran, but it would definitely be different against Bosnia, but I’m ready,”began Enyeama in a report on africanfootball.com“I know they have a more vibrant attack (than Iran) and won’t sit back like Iran did against us. They will come at us and just like us, they need the game to forge ahead.
“A goalkeeper can always keep his team in a game and that is what I will do against Bosnia.
”I am looking forward to this game.”
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, for one, defied Brazil on Tuesday to ensure Mexico walked away with a point in their Group A showdown.
And many Nigeria fans still recall with pride Enyeama’s heroics against Argentina at the 2010 World Cup when he shut out the great Lionel Messi even though the South
Americans eventually won 1-0.
Enyeama posted a great season as Lille finished third in the French Ligue 1 and he said it was early days for the fans to give up on the Eagles in Brazil after the stalemate with Iran.
“We did not get the best result against Iran, but we must remain focused. Nigerians should believe in us,” he urged.