Thursday, June 17, 2010

The West Ham Keeper Curse

Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama had been widely praised for his performance in this World Cup, that was up until he almost exactly replicated Robert Green's howler.

Enyeama, against Greece, like Green faced a long range shot that came at him almost straight on and low down. Like Green, Enyeama instead of gathering the ball in safely seemed to misjudge the ball's flight and, again like Green, the ball seemed to fly off his thumb.

Replays of Enyeama's mistake clearly show the ball deviating wildly in its flight. The replays of Green's gift to the USA were less clear but this incident should go some way to excusing Green's error and it definitely shows why keepers are having problems with this World Cup ball.

Oh and did I mention West Ham have been linked with the Nigerian keeper this week.

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