Super Eagles captain and Lille goa keeper, Vincent Enyeama finally spoken on his mother’s death and missing Nigeria’s goalless AFCON 2017 qualifier draw against Tanzania.
According to freekicknaija.com, Enyeama restated his desire to represent his country but the felt the effect of his mother’s death would affect his performances for Nigeria hence he chose to miss the Super Eagles games.
He was quoted saying: “I was completely devastated on hearing of the death of my mum that my mind went blank, it was totally unexpected. I immediately told my coach at LILLE and he informed the club management and they immediately called me to sympathise with me.
“I also called up coach Sunday Oliseh to tell him about it and I also called Dayo Enebi to tell him about my situation that I am not really sure I am strong enough to make the game.
“I asked Dayo to tell the NFF President, Pinnick and he said no since we didn’t want to disclose the situation but I could not call new goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu because I do not have his number. I communicated with them as they tried to persuade me to come and I guess that was when they bought my flight ticket to Nigeria but eventually I could not make it.”
The 101 captain revealed that he was not in the right frame of mind to represent the country and apologized.
He continued: “How can I be fighting my superiors when the body of my mum is still cold, these things don’t happen to you daily, its not a normal challenge. I thought I have notified those I am supposed to because that was the normal procedure.
“We deal with the coaches so it’s not about calling the federation president but informing your coaches. I am sorry for what ever inconveniences all these might have caused but right now football is the last thing on my mind, losing my mum is the worst thing to have ever happened to my life and I have never travelled this road before, I am too sure that my commitment to Nigeria is 100 per cent and I respect my superiors.”
In a related development, Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi is very desperate to get into the national team and has started making calls to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).