Nigeria international, Vincent Enyeama, has been declared first-choice goalkeeper of French Ligue 1 side, Lille Metropole for the coming 2013/2014 season.
According to L'Equipe, Lille manager, Rene Girard, has given the nod to Enyeama ahead of French international Steeve Elana in the pecking order of goalkeepers at the club.
"Vincent Enyeama (30 years) will be the number one goalkeeper of Lille next season as René Girard has decided," reported L'Equipe on Wednesday.
Ike Shorunmu, Nigeria's goalkeeping trainer says that he is least surprised about the opportunity given to the AFCON winning goalkeeper at the french club.
"Honestly I'm happy for him and it shows that he is our best and one of the best in Africa and the world at the moment. I am not surprised that he is now number one at his club."
"You know every coach has different philosophy or plan, so I believe his present coach feels Enyeama is good enough to be number one and I am happy that has happened and it is an advantage to us at the national team," said Shorunmu in a media interview.
Since joining Lille in 2011, Enyeama had been second-choice to Mickael Landreau before he was loaned to Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv last season.
After Landreau's departure to Bastia in January this year, Elana became number one whiles Enyeama was away on loan.
However this latest decision by Girard has ended speculations about the future of Enyeama, who had been linked with a return to Israel.