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Enyeama Fought With Siasia, Clashed With Keshi, Walked Out on Oliseh

Kingsley Kanayo

Former Super Eagles goalie Vincent Enyeama is not a stranger to controversy in the Super Eagles team. In 2011, Enyeama had fought with Super Eagles Coach, Samason Siasia and reportedly made attempts to slap the coach, an incident for which the player apologized to Siasia, the NFF and Nigeria.

Along with John Mikel Obi and Victor Anichebe, Enyeama had rowed about the team’s mode of travel to Madagascar. A furious Siasia then dropped Enyeama for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, stressing that his act of indiscipline was totally unacceptable.

READ: Why Siasia Dropped Enyeama

READ: Player/Coach Saga: Siasia to Recall Enyeama in January

Although Coach Samson Siasia forgave goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, the NFF vowed to investigate his indisciplined behaviour.

READ: NFF not content with Vincent Enyeama’s apology to Siasia 

In 2015, the Lille goalkeeper tore a query letter issued him right before two top NFF officials. The issue was transferred to the NFF disciplinary committee for further investigation.

The France-based goalkeeper had said that Kaduna was not safe enough to host a match with the Super Eagles. While Enyeama condemned the venue due to security concerns, Keshi believed that it was wrong for Enyeama to condemn the choice of Kaduna for whatever reasons. The statement generated a lot of public uproar with the NFF issuing a strongly worded statement afterwards.

READ: Keshi, Enyeama Bicker Over Kaduna

READ: NFF, Enyeama clash over query

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama on Thursday announced his retirement from the Super Eagles, a day after news broke about his row with Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Enyeama had challenged Coach Sunday Oliseh’s decision to name Ahmed Musa as captain of the team, which Oliseh took, as a rude affront on his leadership as team Coach.

Enyeama then proceeded to narrate the incident on his Instagram page after the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Enyeama’s teammates led by Mikel Obi prevailed on Coach Oliseh, thereby stirring more public controversy about the issue.

Oliseh on Friday told Brila FM a bit of his side to the story noting that Enyeama’s lied against him by going to the social media to engineer a character assassination at his person.

“There’s a point where a person lies and attempts to assassinate your character that you lose sleep. I’m hurt. The first thing I did when I was appointed Coach was to drive down to Lille where I had a discussion with Enyeama and his role. Someone was suppose to act in Enyeama’s absence, Musa had done a great job in the match with Tanzania and Niger.

“I was addressing a problem from training earlier that day but Enyeama butted in, I severally asked him to take it up later. Vincent started raising his voice and I had no choice but to order him out of camp since he had shown that much dissent” Oliseh said.



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