“It may spell doom for the country at Russia 2018 World Cup”, Felix Owolabi, Former Green Eagles winger, warns against Vincent Enyeama’s return into the national team
There are strong indications that Coach Gernot Rohr is unsatisfied with the goalkeepers in the Super Eagles and has extended invitation to Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho and afterward Enyeama, as he steps up his preparation for the Mundial.
According to Owolabi, Enyeama he should be allowed to enjoy his retirement after calling it quit with the national team.
“Enyeama for me has no business in the Eagles again. The fact that he has called it quit from active football for the nation and coupled with the controversies surrounding his forced retirement, I believe there should be no clamour for his return. Let Enyeama stay retired as far as the national team is concerned. It will be good for Nigeria if he is asked not to come back. And if he is asked to come back, sincerely it is going to spell doom for the country”, Owolabi said.
Recounting an incident in 1982, the former IICC Shooting Star of Ibadan player said that any controversy that precedes a tournament always end in a disaster.
Recounting his past experience, “Previous experiences have shown that when there is a controversy over stay or do not stay on a particular player when he decides to come back, it does not speak well for the entire team”.
He further added, “A similar thing happened in 1982 when I was in the Eagles. I will not mention names, but at the end of the day we lost out. Several events have unfolded pertaining to a player coming back from retirement. For God sake, Enyeama has gone on retirement and let it remain so”.
He admonished ,Rohr as a good coach to mold whatever material he has available at his disposal. “It is not as if we do not have good goalkeepers, after all a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step. “Most of us were able to find our way into the national team because we were given just one match as a test and we went through it and we passed. It is like an examination,” he stated.