Vincent Enyeama Not Keen To Return To Nigeria

Rumours doing the rounds suggest that Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is not interested in making his return to the national team.

According to a popular Nigerian website, the former Super Eagles number one is not interested in bouncing back to the team.

Coach Gernot Rohr has constantly voiced his desire to have the 35-year-old back in the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

OwnGoalNigeria reports that Enyeama, who left the national team after a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh, has turned down the approach from the coach to return to the team ahead of the World Cup.

The website reports that Colin Udoh, who holds close ties with the former Enyimba goalkeeper, said that Enyeama won’t be coming back to the team despite the goalkeeper crisis rocking the side.

Meanwhile, the unfortunate diagnosis of first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme ‎with Leukaemia has left the West Africans struggling in the goalkeeping department, with Rohr not completely happy with the goalkeepers at his disposal.

Enyema has no Business in Eagles, Owolabi Warns

“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.

Enyeama Ready For Eagles Return – Rohr

Former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is ready to return to the national team, Coach Gernot Rohr said on Wednesday.

Rohr stated this at a pre-match news conference ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The match will be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

Rohr said he had spoken with Enyeama and the goalkeeper was ready to come back to the Super Eagles.

“The past is the past but now he is injured. He has to win the fight against injury,” Rohr said.

Enyeama quit the national team in 2015 following a disagreement with the former national team coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Rohr said he has a good team to face the Cameroonians but his challenge was with the goalkeeper’s position.

The Franco-German coach said Ikechukwu Ezenwa would be in goal on Friday due to an injury sustained by two other goalkeepers in the team.

He added: “The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players. We already have six points. All the players are in high spirit.

“We know that we have a good team, we are ready to make the difference. We have all the confidence to beat the Indomitable Lions here in Uyo.”

New Super Eagles Boss, Siasia To Consider Bringing Enyeama, Emenike Back

Super Eagles’ Interim Head Coach Samson Siasia on Friday assured that the consortium of coaches put together for the team would secure a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ticket.

Siasia gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen in Abuja shortly after the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), announced his appointment.

He said the experience of the coaches, who include 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Emmanuel Amuneke, as well as Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu, would see the team through. Yusuf, as Assistant Coach 2, and Alloy Agu, as Goalkeepers Trainer, had served under Sunday Oliseh who quit earlier on Friday. “It is an emergency assignment. If they (the NFF) say we should do the rescue job, we have to do it for the sake of Nigeria. “We will go for the best legs. I mean players with commitment, to ensure that we qualify ahead of Egypt.

“We will look at the players we believe can help the team, including Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike who retired from the team last year. “The coaching crew will sit down and make up the list, and the Egyptians must fall as far as we are now in charge,’’ Siasia said.

A consortium of coaches, led by Siasia, was appointed on Friday by the NFF on interim basis following the resignation of Sunday Oliseh earlier in the day. Siasia will work with Yusuf, Amuneke and Agu for the upcoming 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Egypt next month.

Siasia steered the Nigerian under-20 team to the African title in 2005 and led the team to the runner-up spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in The Netherlands the same year. He also led the under-23 team to the silver medal in the men’s football event of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Two months ago, he had led Nigeria to win the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal which ensured the country’s qualification for this year’s Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

As Super Eagles players, Siasia and Amuneke both scored as Nigeria achieved an impressive debut at the FIFA World Cup in the U.S. in 1994. Amuneke scored against Bulgaria and Italy, while Siasia scored against Argentina. Amuneke also scored the two goals as Nigeria edged Zambia to win the AFCON for the first time on away soil in Tunisia in 1994. He also scored the winner as Nigeria defeated Argentina to win Africa’s first Olympics football gold in the U.S. two years later.