Vincent Enyeama has retired from the international football after the shot-stopper fell out with Coach Sunday Oliseh in the team’s camp in Belgium.
The drama in Belgium allegedly started after Oliseh told Enyeama to leave the camp for questioning his choice of Ahmed Musa as captain.
Enyeama denied this allegation saying his confrontation with gaffer Sunday Oliseh arose after his dead mother was insulted.
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The Lille goalkeeper had earlier insisted he will not walk out on Nigeria, but will take a decision on his international future after a meeting with the leadership of the country’s football.
He said this in a radio interview monitored this morning by Africanfootball.com.
Enyeama said: “I won’t walk out on Nigeria, but I won’t be treated like a beggar especially after what I have done for this country and Nigeria has always been there for me.
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“I’m still available to play for Nigeria. I’m a Nigerian, I play for Nigeria, not for anybody or a group of people.
“The captaincy of the team is not a problem for me, but there should have been a better way of settling this.
“The coach says he doesn’t want me in his team. I was castigated and embarrassed.
“But the NFF president has ordered me to stay in camp. I will meet with him and then take a decision.”
A deeply hurt Enyeama has however made a u-turn on his statement and has called it quit with the National Team after 13 years.
He posted this message on his Instagram page:
"I have fought a good fight for more than 13 years. I have finished my course, I have kept faith and sang the anthem with passion. Henceforth, there is laid for me a crown which only GOD can reward me for my 13 years of national services. God bless NIGERIA. From HENCEFORTH, I am no more the captain of the NIGERIAN senior football team, I am no more the goalie of the team, I am out of the team. I am no more available for international duties. I want to say thank you to every Nigerian fan and supporter world wide. Its been the most trying period of my life but I know that Nigerian are there for me and God is with me. God bless Nigeria #ENDOFANERA."
This is what Coach Sunday Oliseh had to say about Enyeama's retirement.
Enyeama’s international future had been in doubt, after it emerged that the goalkeeper tore a query issued to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over his remarks.
The Super Eagles goalie however wrote an apology letter afterwards.
Enyeama last featured for Nigeria in a 2017 AFCON qualifier at home against Chad in June which was also coach Stephen Keshi last assignment as coach of the team.
He has won a record 101 caps and was the most capped Nigerian player ever.