Former Super Eagles captain, Mutiu Adepoju, says the return or otherwise recall of former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama remains the prerogative of Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.
Enyeama retired from international football in 2016 following a dispute between former coach Sunday Oliseh and himself in Belgium. Since dumping the national team, there have been calls by soccer-loving Nigerians for the former CAF Champions League winner to return to the team, especially whenever there are seeming crisis in the goalkeeping unit, but the 34-year-old has always declined, maintaining he bowed out when the ovation was loudest.
In exclusive chat with AOIFootball.com, Adepoju who is also a member of the NFF Technical Committee, believes it is only Coach Gernot Rohr that can make the call and convince Enyeama to pick-up his gloves and man the post for the three-time African champions.
“Yes, I have heard the call for Enyeama to return to the Super Eagles. He is a Nigerian and it won’t be a bad idea, but that duty solely rests on the shoulders of Gernot Rohr. He is the one to make that call, he is the one to speak one-on-one with Enyeama and tell him how much he is needed, so it’s Rohr’s job,” said the former Real Madrid midfielder.
He further stated that the quality Enyeama will add to the team is second to none.
“Goalkeepers are better as they get older and that is the case of Enyeama, he will help add quality and stability at the back for the team”, he concluded.
Enyeama featured a record 101 times for Nigeria, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013. His service, dutifulness, dexterity and diligence coupled with his many reflex saves seem like a thick shadow that will never fade away like the stars of the morning.
Nigerians who love their football, also love their star players and that has been the case of Enyeama, who retired from international football since 2016.
The Super Eagles have been thrown into a goalkeeping crisis following the recent news that it’s No.1 goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme being diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia. He has since started chemotherapy to battle the disease.
The team trade tackles back-to-back with Cameroon in September in the continuation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.