—NFF, Players Intervene In Expulsion Drama
By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama could feature against DR Congo after narrowly escaping being kicked out of the team on Tuesday for arriving in camp 24 hours late.
Coach Sunday Oliseh has however played down the incident in the team’s Belgium camp involving himself and Enyeama, after the intervention of the players and Nigeria Football Federation officials.
The Lille keeper only arrived on Tuesday for the friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon billed for Thursday and Sunday.
Enyeama was given some time off to bury his late mother on Saturday, but Oliseh was said to be unhappy about the keeper’s late arrival and orderd that he should leave the camp.
Enyeama was said to have been apologetic but Oliseh was adamant that the former Enyimba keeper had to leave.
Further reports said security men were called in to forcibly remove a pleading Enyeama.
Incidentally, Enyeama missed Oliseh’s first matches in charge – the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania and the friendly against Niger, both in September – due to his mother’s unfortunate death.
“It’s not true that Enyeama has been sent away from the camp, what if on Thursday you see that he features in our friendly?” the former Ajax and Juventus midfielder told Completesportsnigeria.com, confirming a tweet on the Nigeria Football Federation handle which said that the mini-crisis had been resolved.
“Those are not big issues, as they are very petty. The problem we have is that we are struggling to achieve the motives of the friendlies arranged for these purposes.
“We are lacking six players at the moment as the Belgian Embassy has refused to grant visas to six players and we are trying to adjust to other plans.”
Meanwhile, a tweet on the official handle of The Official Twitter Page of The Nigeria Football Federation reads:
“It’s true that there was a little misunderstanding in the camp of @NGSuperEagles, but the matter has been resolved. Enyeama remains in camp.”
Complete Sports also gathered that several players and members of the Nigerian Football Federation intervened on behalf of the Lille keeper who is yet to feature for the Super Eagles under Oliseh.