Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has added his voice to the Jabulani controversy, warning that the World Cup ball will disgrace goalkeepers in South Africa.
Enyeama was the first to speak out about the ball during the African Nations Cup in Angola, but his words failed to gain traction. Recently, some of the world’s top goalkeepers have come out to add their voices and Enyeama says it is too late.
“When I spoke about it during the Nations Cup, some people said I was just making excuses.
“Now, other goalkeepers have joined in and it has now become an issue. But it is too late to do anything about it.
“The only thing is that some of us might be disgraced by that ball at the World Cup.”
Enyeama himself almost suffered from the ball’s unpredictable swerving motion against North Korea on Sunday when a shot from distance almost found its way in to the goal.
“It was a difficult moment for me. The ball came at me and I thought I had it covered, but it moved at the last minute and I was lucky to get a fingertip to it, but it still hit the bar.
“I am sure and angel was protecting me, otherwise, that would have been a goal.”
His advice to his fellow goalkeepers is to work as hard and long as possible with the ball as tournament kick-off approaches.
“And we should pray that we come out from every game without being embarrassed.”