Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria dejected during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations match between Zambia and Nigeria on the 25 January 2013 at Mbombela Stadium©Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 12:30
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has insisted that national team coach Gernot Rohr will have the final say over whether goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama returns to the Super Eagles.
The veteran goalkeeper has been frozen out of the national team since having a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh, but he is reportedly close to a return after positive talks with Rohr.
Many pundits have argued that the return of Enyeama could unsettle the Super Eagles, with a possible captaincy power struggle between the ‘keeper and current incumbent John Obi Mikel.
The competing point of view is that Enyeama’s experience will be invaluable as Nigeria head into a World Cup year, in which they must also recover from an opening game defeat in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group.
NFF secretary general Mohammed Sanusi insists that the organisation will not try to influence whether Enyeama is recalled or not, explaining that the decision will be entirely in Rohr’s hands.
“The NFF does not interfere in the choice of players or goalkeepers for the national teams,” Sanusi told the Guardian.
“We had given Rohr the free hand to pick whoever he feels capable of playing in the Super Eagles.
“I won’t say we are in support of his decision to bring back Enyeama, neither will I say we are against it. Rohr’s decision is final as far as such issue is concerned.”
Enyeama could be back in the Nigeria set up as early as next month, with the Super Eagles set to face Algeria away in their final World Cup qualifier.