Oliseh shouldn’t be blamed for Ea­gles’ re­tire­ments - Abbey

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar @mansur_112

Former Su­per Ea­gles de­fender Ge­orge Abbey has de­fended man­ager Sun­day Oliseh over the con­tro­versy trail­ing the retirement of Vin­cent Enyeama and Em­manuel Emenike from the na­tional team.

The ex-Mac­cles­field Town star in a chat with Daily Trust yes­ter­day, also said peo­ple blam­ing Oliseh for re­cent hap­pen­ings in the Ea­gles set up are un­fair to him con­sid­er­ing they jump to early con­clu­sions with lit­tle in­for­ma­tion at their dis­posal.

“It’s un­fair to blame the coach for the play­ers’ de­ci­sion. If the player hasn’t blamed the coach for his de­ci­sion, why should we? In Emenike’s case I’m sure he’ll have his rea­sons for quit­ting, we have to re­spect & ap­plaud him for his time with the team and wish him well,” Abbey told Daily Trust.

Though Emenike’s re­cent an­nounce­ment via so­cial me­dia con­tained no di­rect hint of an­i­mos­ity, most foot­ball fol­low­ers are won­der­ing if his exit is in­flu­enced by a pur­ported plan by the Ea­gles man­ager to fi­nally drop the striker from his team for next month’s FIFA World Cup qual­i­fier against Swazi­land.

Former Cap­tain and goal­keeper Enyeama who quit the se­nior na­tional side 3 weeks ago also an­nounced his exit on In­sta­gram af­ter a ma­jor dis­agree­ment with the coach at a Bel­gium camp.

Emenike last scored for Nige­ria two years ago and has at least 4 Club ti­tles from his stint at Karabuk­spor, Spar­tak Moscow, and Fener­bahce; and one na­tional ti­tle from the Su­per Ea­gles win at the African Cup of Na­tions in 2013.

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