Vin­cent Enyeama quit Su­per Ea­gles

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Orkula Shaagee & Joshua Odeyemi, with agency re­port

Three for­mer Green Ea­gles play­ers, Chris­tian Chukwu, Adokiye Amiesia­maka and Joe Erico yesterday ex­pressed dif­fer­ent opin­ions over the res­ig­na­tion of Nige­ria’s long serv­ing cap­tain, Vin­cent Enyeama.

While Chukwu and Erico were of the opin­ion that Enyeama’s re­tire­ment was un­timely, Amiesia­maka says the player should be al­lowed to leave if he feels it is the right time for him to quit.

Erico, also a for­mer as­sis­tant coach of the Su­per Ea­gles, ex­pressed shock on the pre­ma­ture man­ner Enyeama threw in the towel when the na­tion still needed his ser­vice.

“Enyeama should un­der­stand that he is serv­ing the coun­try and not his coach, Sun­day Oliseh. So what­so­ever might have hap­pened be­tween him and Oliseh should not have forced his res­ig­na­tion in this pre­ma­ture man­ner. It is in­deed not to the best in­ter­est of the na­tion in which Enyeama had served for many years,” Erico said.

Chris­tian Chukwu, a for­mer coach of the Su­per Ea­gles, de­cried the man­ner in which Enyeama was re­placed as cap­tain, say­ing it “was em­bar­rass­ing and in­sult­ing to him”. Chukwu, who was also

a cap­tain of Nige­ria’s na­tional team, said that the Nige­ria Football Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) should have al­lowed Enyeama to fin­ish the two friendly matches be­fore re­plac­ing him.

Adokiye Amiesia­maka, also a for­mer Ea­gles player, said that Enyeama had served the coun­try mer­i­to­ri­ously for many years, and that the na­tion owe him a be­fit­ting farewell.

“I do not know the true fact and don’t want to dab­ble into that, so if he be­lieves it is the right time to leave, then we must wish him well,” Amiesia­maka said.

Coach Sa­muel Abim­bola of Gate­way FC of Abeokuta said “I don’t ex­pect him to hur­riedly re­tire but again I think it is the best for Nige­ria so that we don’t run into con­fu­sion. I think in­di­rectly, they are telling him to re­tire af­ter be­ing stripped of the cap­taincy band.”

Enyeama yesterday an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional football, 13 years af­ter mak­ing his de­but for the Su­per Ea­gles.

In a post on his In­sta­gram ac­count, Enyeama wrote pas­sion­ately about his ser­vice to his father­land and how it must now sadly come to an end fol­low­ing the events of re­cent days that have left the na­tion per­plexed by the ac­tions of the coach.

“I have fought a good fight for more than 13years. I have fin­ished my course, I have kept the faith and sang the an­them with pas­sion,” the 101-capped Enyeama be­gan.

“Hence­forth, there is laid for me a crown which only God can re­ward me for my 13years of na­tional ser­vices.

“God bless Nige­ria. Hence­forth, I am no more the cap­tain of the Nige­ria se­nior football team, I am no more the goalie of the team, I am out of the team. I am no more avail­able for in­ter­na­tional du­ties.

“I want to say thank you to ev­ery Nige­rian fan and sup­porter world wide. It’s been the most try­ing pe­riod of my life but I know that Nige­ri­ans are there for me and God is with me. God bless Nige­ria,” he con­cluded with the hash­tag #END­O­FAN­ERA.

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