- Vincent Enyeama retired from the national team pre-maturely in 2015
- It was alleged that he had a face-off with Coach Sunday Oliseh at the team’s camp in Belgium
- Enyeama has stated that he holds no grudge with anyone and can still work with the gaffer
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has stated that despite his pre-mature exit at the Nigerian national team, he has no grudges against former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.
The former Lille of France shot-stopper made this declaration during a live Instagram chat with Legit.ng on Saturday, May 2.
Vincent Enyeama who is Nigeria’s most capped player with 101 appearances abruptly retired from international football after he reportedly fell out with Coach Sunday Oliseh in the team’s camp in Belgium.
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In 2015, the goalkeeper had lost his beloved mother and opted out of the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Tanzania.
He later joined the Super Eagles camp in Belgium, but there were reports that he had been stripped of his captaincy band and Ahmed Musa will replace him.
The Super Eagles had camped in Belgium ahead of two friendly matches against DR Congo and Cameroon that year.
Drama ensued and it was alleged that Oliseh told Enyeama to leave the camp for questioning his choice of Musa as captain.
Enyeama denied this allegation saying his confrontation with gaffer Sunday Oliseh arose after his dead mother was insulted.
“I have fought a good fight for more than 13 years. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith and sang the anthem with passion.
"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," Enyeama wrote in 2015 and the retired.
However, five years later, when Legit.ng put a question to the him in that regard, Enyeama says he has no grudges against Sunday Oliseh.
“I got no problem with anyone and if I see Oliseh today, I would smile with him, I would eat with him. I got no problems with nobody - even the NFF, no problem.
“Unfortunate circumstance caused it. I lost my mother and it was a period I was mourning, a period I couldn’t represent the nation.
“Several things happened and the scenario came up and we all acted the way we acted. Everyone had his path to play and I took a bow, I left and that’s it."
Enyeama added that he would gladly work with the tactician and Super Eagles legend again if the condition permits.
“If I have to work with him (Oliseh) and everything is in place, I would work with him. I’ve moved on with life and it’s so sweet, so why should you habour grudge malice, hatred, envy and all that.
“I have no problem with him. If I have to work with him and everything is in place, I would work with him."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Enyeama has stated that there was mutual respect between himself and Argentina’s Lionel Messi right after the group game at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Nigeria and Argentina faced-of at the world stage in 2014 with La Albiceleste winning 3-2, with Messi putting two past Enyeama who had the best pair of hands in the world as at that time.
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Source: Sports Brief News