Vincent Enyeama Quits Super Eagles
Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has pulled the curtain on his international career, 13 years after making his debut for the Super Eagles.
The record-capped goalkeeper was left humiliated by coach Sunday Oliseh at the team’s camp on Tuesday and has now announced his retirement.
In a post on his Instagram account, Enyeama wrote passionately about his service to his fatherland and how it must now sadly come to an end following the events of recent days that have left the nation perplexed by the actions of the coach.
“I have fought a good fight for more than 13years. I have finished my course,I have kept the faith and sang the anthem with passion,” the 101-capped Enyeama began.
“Henceforth, there is laid for me a crown which only God can reward me for my 13years of national services.
“God bless Nigeria. Henceforth, I am no more the captain of the Nigeria 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. It’s been the most trying period of my life but I know that Nigerians are there for me and God is with me. God bless Nigeria,” he concluded with the hashtag #ENDOFANERA.
Events leading to Enyeama’s untimely retirement started on on Tuesday when he was humiliated by Oliseh at the team’s camp in Belgium where they gathered to prepare for Thursday night’s international friendly against Congo.
The goalkeeper, who had just buried his mother on Saturday, arrived late to camp having been granted a little extra time, only to find that his place as captain had been unceremoniously stripped and handed to forward Ahmed Musa.
In an attempt to clear the air and speak to the coach during dinner, he was asked to stay quiet or leave camp.
Hotel security was called in to take him out of the team’s dining room before the president of the Nigeria Football Federation waded in and he was allowed to remain in camp.
On Wednesday, Enyeama posted about the humiliation he suffered and made allusions to his dead mother being insulted as the height of it.
Earlier in the year, Enyeama made his 100th appearance for the Super Eagles and reached 101 international appearances in June to surpass Joseph Yobo’s previous record.
Problems between him and Sunday Oliseh began in September when he asked to be withdrawn from the squad late ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.
News emerged later that night that his mother had died.
Enyeama won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles and was heroic as the team got to the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.
He holds the record for most Nigeria appearances at the World Cup having played in three tournaments and eight matches.
He made his debut at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan.