The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said it has no say on whether former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, should be recalled to join the team’s campaign at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Secretary General of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, made the declaration early this week, saying the football house will leave Coach Gernot Rohr with the free hand to decide on the issue.
NFF undecided over Rohr’s decision to recall Enyeama.
In the heat of the injury to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Coach Rohr had expressed his readiness to bring back Enyeama on the ground of his experience which he reasoned is needed for the Super Eagles to excel at the Russia 2018 World Cup finals but Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FC IfeanyiUbah in the domestic Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) came in handy to safeguard the nation to secure the World Cup ticket.
The question has remained if Rohr will still need to recall Enyeama minding his long absence, the tempers that informed his exit and the fact that he currently is off the radar at French Ligue 1 Lille.
Speaking on the issue, Sanusi emphatically said the leadership federation will keep on the fence, insisting that the coach has the final say on the selection of players for the Eagles.
“The football house would not in any way interfere in Rohr’s choice of players and goalkeepers for the national team.“
“The NFF does not interfere in the choice of players or goalkeepers for the national teams,” Sanusi said. “We gave 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,” Sanusi said.
Enyeama had been quoted as giving Nigeria’s qualification for the World Cup as a condition for his return but Coach Rohr said during the qualifiers that that would be based on if the goalkeeper himself gets a new club and is seen to be in good form.
“Lille has signed two goalkeepers. That means Enyeama’s services wont be needed, ” Rohr had pointed out.
“He needs to get a new club, hopefully by the coming transfer window and if he is playing good, the door will be open for him back to the Super Eagles.”
Enyeama who got his 100th cap for Nigeria in 2015 had at some point expressed displeasure with the management of the team and matters got to a head when he had to bow out following an open conflict with former coach Sunday Oliseh who also abandoned the team after failing to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles will effectively begin preparations for the Russia 2018 World Cup with a friendly with Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia, on November 14, bur, as it stands, the return of Enyeama remains a question of “to be or not to be?”