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EXPLOSIVE: ​Enyeama Tells His Own Side Of The Story!

—Super Eagles Goalkeeper Gives Blow-By-Blow Account Of Clash With Oliseh

By Johnny Edward:

Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has explained told his own side of the story following the clash with coach Sunday Oliseh which ultimately led to the Lille star’s premature international retirement.

Enyeama called it quits with the Super Eagles after 13 years with the Nigerian senior national team.

Enyeama revealed that he lost faith in the coach whom he highly regarded but told him that he longer could count and trust him.

In a tell-all video interview with Muveeztv Entertainment, the Lille goalkeeper said he deserves a chance to know why he was treated the way he was.

Completesportsnigeria.com can reveal that the Lille shot-stopper stormed out of the Eagles camp immediately former junior goalkeeper Dele Alampasu joined up the squad and when it was obvious Enyeama wasn’t in the starting line-up for Thursday’s friendly with DR Congo.

“I think it’s not the best way to treat a player who has served the country with so much passion, enthusiasm, so much dedication and commitment. I’ve honoured almost every invitation I have received and the way I have been treated these past few days personally I won’t accept that,” Enyeama began.

“I arrived in camp and with no issues with the coach. The coach being a big part of me fought for me when I had issues with the Nigerian Football Federation, the coach defended me all the way. I never knew him and he didn’t know me either. We never shared the football pitch together, we never trained together but I had so much respect for him. He even visited me in Lille.

“I watched the team train and after that there was a meeting where he talked about how the team trained and he ended it up saying he invited four goalkeepers because he never expected me to come to the camp.

“And secondly, that I was no more the captain of the team. That he decides and calls the shot. That was before we had dinner and he said enjoy your dinner.

“To me it was a little bit shocking because during my mother’s burial I was with the NFF President and was trying to excuse myself from the games but he insisted that I have to be in camp which I respected. He pushed me to go to Belgium. I abandoned every thanksgiving service and the family meetings in the village to report to camp.

“So for me to get my first welcome message in camp like being stripped of the captaincy was not good for me. After I had my meal, I insisted I wanted to talk and he said I can’t talk that if I talk he will order the team out so I can talk alone or I have go out but I insisted and he said ‘get out. Vincent if you don’t leave I will call the security to throw you out.’

“And he went to open the door to leave. For me to lose my mother and get stripped of the captaincy and you calling the security was the height of it. In other countries like Brazil, they never treated Thiago Silva or Javier Mascherano like that.

“Nigerians can say whatever they want to say but now I want to just be with my family. Why I said that was because the coach came into the bus and said he doesn’t know me, he doesn’t care about me and that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with me and I didn’t say anything. That he can’t count on me. So, that part people don’t know. I waited because the NFF President Amaju Pinnick told me to wait.

“I shouldn’t be forced to play with such coach. I don’t have any problem with him because he’s a great guy but I want to be with my family.

“This moment that I’m mourning my mum I don’t want more issues to it. I just want to be with my family. I think I deserve to know why I was stripped of the captaincy, moreso I was invited, I didn’t come through the back door. I have been playing for this country for 13 years and deserve such respect.

“In my club and I’m sure that happens everywhere, If you’re not playing, the coach comes to your room to tell you reasons why you are left out of the squad. If I have been part of the success story of our football and to be treated like that isn’t fair.

“I’m feeling so sad because I would have quit after the World Cup last year but I love Nigeria so much. It hurts me that Nigeria is struggling right now and I want to help bring back the good days.

“If the coach and the people don’t want me you can call me and take me out. You don’t have invite me to humiliate me in the midst of the players.

“This will only make me trust God and not man. What he did will discourage young players from giving their best. I never tried to fight with him but I insisted to talk.”​

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44 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Daniel Uhegwu

    Olise didn’t treat our dear and one of the best keepers in the world fine. He might not go far without the support of players like Enyeama.

  2. Reply Post By Daniel Uhegwu

    Sunday Oliseh won’t go far as supper eagles coach or even any other team with the way he’s going about this job.

  3. Reply Post By Ade Gideon

    To me what Sunday Oliseh did to our great keeper is not good at all for somebody who is dedicated to his father’s land and was treated like this? Pls we need to be doing the right thing in this country and I don’t think oliseh will go far with the way he is handle things. Look at the way our national team play today like primary school

  4. Reply Post By bamgboye ayo deji

    “Wrong Attitude” is the problem oliseh is having..he’s not a team player(He can’t work with people)..He left the national team with issues..Now he’s back again to create another one..Is always end as a regret making an aggressive person the HEAD..

  5. Reply Post By Adesulure segun

    oliseh did not act well at all. how can he misbehave just like that to a player that had serve Nigeria for 13 years. Such player deserve respect from any coach in the world. And their conflict affected Super Eagles performance against DR Congo.

  6. Reply Post By Adesulure segun

    Stubborn players in there playing days when they become coaches they want to instill discipline hehehehe the truth is oliseh has his choice for goal keeper and he wants Enyeama out. We saw what happened today against DR Congo

  7. Reply Post By Berryclean

    Oliseh, we want Enyeama back as a super eagle captain………

  8. Reply Post By AFOLABI DAVID

    AT THIS POINT, I THINK THE BEST THING TO DO FOR THE NFF IS TO CALL THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER AND TALK TO THEM. OLISEH I KNOW IF VERY HOT TEMPER BUT I BELIEV BY NOW HE SHOULD HAVE OUT GROWN THAT WITH AGE BUT IF THIS IS REALLY TRUE, I REALLY , REALLY FEEL BAD MYSELF ONLY READING THIS SIDE OF THE STORY.

    I KEEP SAYING IT, OLISEH SHOULD AND MOST KNOW THAT IT IS ONLY THE PLAYERS THAT CAN MAKE HIM AND THE SAME PLAYERS CAN NREAK HIM ENYEAMA HAS GUYS IN THAT SQUARD WHO CAN JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE CASE WAS HANDLED WILL SABOTAGE YOUR EFFORT AND YOUR CAREER AS A COACH. THINK ABOUT IT, AMNY COACH HAS COME AND HAS BEEN SACKED BUT THE PLAYERS STILL REMAIN.

    OLISEH SHOULD LEARN HOW TO MANAGE HIS PLAYERS AND HOW TO DDEAL WITH THEM WITHOUT BEING OFFENDED. THIS ARE NOT UNDER 17 PLAYERS BUT PROFFESIONAL AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. PLS IF THIS IS HOW YOU WANT TO START, THEN PLS NFF SHOULD JUST SACK HIM AND BRING IN A FOREIGH COACH WHO  KNOWS HOW TO MANAGE AND RESPECT HIS PLAYER.

    NIGERIAN FANS HAVE HEARD A ENOUGH OF THIS CRISIS IN THE TEAMS AS IT IS AFFECTING US MORAL AND MENTALLY. I SUPPORTED OLISEH APPOINTMENT BUT WITH HOW HE HANDLING THINGS, I REALLY DOUGHT IF HE CAN STAY LONG.

    NFF SHOULD COME IN AND CALL FOR IMMEDIATE CLOSE DOOR CRISIS MEETING TO SETTLE ALL DIFFERENCE SO THAT THERE CAN BA HARMONY IN THE TEAM FOR GOOD RESULT. INFACT MIKEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVING THE BAND IN THE ABSENCE OF ENYEAMA SINCE HE WAS IN CAMP BCOS HE IS THE MOST SENIOR MAN IN THAT SQUAD AND A COMMANDING PLAYERS THAT THE PLAYERS WILL RESPECT AND LISTEN TO.

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

    1. Good but we don't need a foreign coach

  9. I’m not happy with the waayu Vincent Enyeama has being treated,if you recall the way He fought for Nigeria against Almighty Agentina,I’m still in short of words because I can’t believe it.Iknopw right from time that Oliseh appointed as a coach is going to ber like draconian of the heel to Nigeria players . I don’t like Oliseh

  10. Reply Post By Gesinde Kayode

    Why ar pple judging Because U just read about only Enyeama part, I'm sure Olishe too may have is own hiden things he has not said out … I would like @completesport to chat with Olishe and let him said his own part of the story too … so then we call judge. Nobody will say his own part of d story in a fight and blame him/herself

  11. Reply Post By evans gabriel

    This is height of disrespect for a man like Eyeanma who had serve d country with all he has. Dis will only jeopardise nd kill d morale of our players in camp. For me, this need to be adress with the swiftest reaction before more this kind of issues reoccure in d future. #GODBLESSNIGERIA

  12. Reply Post By pascal

    De coach have de final say…… Dnt blame de coach… Any new coach have de right 2 select anybody 2 be his captain… Is OLISAH’s own different

  13. Reply Post By Ogar elton mgbe

    D nigeria football associatn shld b blame on ds issue by bringing ds man 2 come an coached 9ja after d job well don by stephen keshi…. Vincent God wil c u tru in ur club, farewell.

  14. Reply Post By immense Joe

    Oliseh has set up a snare for himself & definitely he’s going to fall into it.. U can’t touch & humiliate God’s anointed & go free. There re some people u can’t just touch…. He’s just lost a match & Nigerians re calling for his sack. Let him Just wait till after d Cameroun match.

    1. Have any of us heard Oliseh's side of the story? Not for or against any. Nigeria first

  15. Reply Post By Josiah Amaga

    As for me, wish Nigerian well, as long as Sunday Oliseh is there as the Head coach my believe for him is low. I pray for Nigerians go do well

  16. Reply Post By SAM OCEAN

    OLISEH SHOULD REMEMBER HIS PLAYING DAYS ….AS STUBBORN AS HE WAS AND NOW……
    VINCENT SHOULD RETURN TO D TEAM…….

  17. Reply Post By Agho Omena

    First he advised his adopted son not to play for Nigeria, two he married a Tunisian woman and lastly, during his football day, he is very arrogant. What are we doing with Sunday Oliseh. Somebody who buried his mother less than three weeks reporting late to camp and so what. Sundayyyyy, don’t you have conscience and emotion? I am highly disappointed with the way Oliseh handle this issue. Please I advise Oliseh to resign with apology letter to all Nigerians and Vincent Enyeama .

  18. Reply Post By styvhoshax

    I think oliseh is too agressive as a coach,hw can you gain your player 100per commitment if u don’t show them love,this will surely affect the team negatively,as we can see it happen yesterday against congo,no leadership,no unity,I still don’t know y he gav musa d captain of d team,he gat no leadership spirit,he can’t lead d team,hw can he lead d team when we hav d likes of mikel obi and victor moses,a captain is meant 2 lead d team,bt yesterday we can see what d team look like…I think oliseh av 2 sit back and do d right thing …styvhoshax cares

  19. If what Vincent said is true, Olishe did not do well @all Enyeama is not a junior player can this happen in overs let all emulate other country and treat our players well. The likes of messy, Ronaldo even Drogba here in africa can’t be treat like that. Its really pain and hot people if u treat him or her bad what Olishe do is not good to the extend that he give a junior player Captain band. He better repent and apologize to his players cus Vincent is the engine room of the Supper Eagle. God Bless Nigeria

  20. Reply Post By Oloyede Raphael

    The labor of our heroes past shall never b in vain

  21. Reply Post By Adeboye Oluranti

    I believe Enyeama deserve to be honoured as a Hero, Oliseh served this country with 9years and people started hailing him without 100 caps and never nominated for african footballer of the year both in Club country or africa general and somebody who has published and painted the europe with 13 clean sheet. Let NFF be careful the way this matter would be handled, and call Oliseh in order for other player to give 100% commitment and dedication.

  22. Oliseh may likely not go far in his coaching career because of his Attitude problems….As for the Nigerian team their moral is low and most of the big players won’t trust their coach anymore, if he can do that to one of them, then its hard to get 100% from those boys even from Ahmed Musa…

  23. we have great captains all over the world but sad to say it is the NIGERIAN captains that are worse behaved. They lack leadship qualities. They lack respect for their coaches if the coach is a fellow NIGERIAN but they lick the boots of the coach if the coach is oyibo. Many comments so far are one sided because they are either blind to the larger issue here are just following after the crowd. folow follow people who cannot think or reason on their own. as far as this issue of player/captain vs coach/manager is concerned, the coach/manager is always right. that is the basic fact. the reasonable ones will reason but the gullible one will continue to be follow follow. John Terry is a great captain. Steve Gerrard was a great captain. Messi is a great captain. Viera was a great captain. Dunga was a great captain. Lamn is a great captain. I can go on and on and on. Non of these and other captains has serious issues with their coaches because they recognize and respect the coached. Enyeama made a horrible mistake by thinking that he play the scripts of another person and ve successful. Enyeama’s mission to that camp is to disrupt the camp but he ended up disrupting himself. Enyeama’s behaviour shows how uncultured people are even if they have money. Oliseh has wealth and has gone round the world more than Enyeama can ever dream of. Oliseh knows football more than what Enyeama could ever dream of. Enyeama made that fatal mistake of forming big boy to bigger big boy. The shark will always eat the tilapia. Lion will always beat the leopard. Oliseh us not Christian Chukwu who are easily intimidated because they are conscious of how much money tty these players have when they convert £€¥$ to Naira. I will stand by Oliseh in this matter. of course if he misbehave in other areas, I will be the first to blast him but for now, any reasonable fan will support Oliseh. I will welcome any counter comment on my comment.

    1. Reply Post By Daniel Uhegwu

      Djeniko, I am disappointed at your words. You’re the only wise man. I am sure your mother is still alive. that’s why you couldn’t appreciate a man who buried the dear mum on Sunday and after 3days he flew and joined the team, yet, that’s the way you would have loved to be treated if you were Enyeama. May God forgive you for not using your brain.

  24. Captains should lead by example. Its not today a lot of the super eagles players started to report late to camp, disrespect the coaches and the flag. Especially the foreign based players. Did you ever see David Beckham with all his fame and fortune disrespect English people or his coach? While i sympathise on the loss of his mum he needs to learn to control his emotions, respect authourity. He tore a query from the NFF. Can he try that in his French club.Indiscipline is why Nigeria is so behind in many areas so on this occasion I am 100% behind Oliseh. Talent alone will get us no where in football. Oliseh should only choose committed players not egoistic people. We have so many talents. He served 13 years, is he as committed today as the day he joined? He will say yes but I doubt it.

  25. Reply Post By godTheji

    As far as am concerned, Olisah is the weakest coach Nigerian has ever gotten for the Senior Team… someone from a 2nd or 3rd division team coach in Europe managing a national team. I won’t be surprised if Cameroon beat them on Sunday. KESHI is the best so far!!

  26. Reply Post By owa owalla

    I don’t know why our leaders and national team handlers don’t reason appointing Oliseh to handle this team id too big for him

    I a feel he  supposed to start with under 17 team to have some experience on coaching and how to handle players since he did not go through that it will be difficult for him to understand the ways and manners of our big players he will soon have problem with others there I rest my case

    I don’t know why our leaders and national team handlers don’t reason appointing Olise to handle this team id too big for him

    I a feel he  supposed to start with under 17 team to have some experience on coaching and how to handle players since he did not go through that it will be difficult for him to understand the ways and manners of our big players he will soon have problem with others there I rest my case

  27. Reply Post By Oladeji [email protected]

    What our coach did was totally wrong, how can you build a team with this kind of atmosphere, no wonder we lost to DR. Congo. Let the NFF Talk to Mr Oliseh to take things easy or else Nigeria’s will show him the Exit door

  28. Oliseh left national team with issues and now back with issues,Oliseh should be sack early before we lose nations cup 2017 , NFF please help us with foreign coach and bring Our Vincent back cos he’s a man of Honour and love,he has respect for his Country and our NFF president too… Everybody loves Our Vincent.

  29. Reply Post By Williams

    with wat just apened …I don’t fink I still want Oliseh as our couch ….enyeama don’t deserve to be treated the way oliseh did …so NFF should call oliseh to oder nd find out wats really his problem

  30. @Uhegwu I appreciate your comment and I know it is not easy burying your mum and after just 3 days went to the camp. Oliseh also appreciated his appearance on Tuesday. You are a naval or an air force officer and so you know how the system work. Under normal circumstances Enyeama was suppose to be given time off to conclude the necessary rites and rest. For whatever reason he reported to camp. He was there early to meet training but he decided to go gisting with a staff while others were training. He was just aloof and you are the captain then. Remember he did not take part in Oliseh’s first crucial qualifying match. I remember Oliseh complain that his not coming has set him back. We as a matter of almost lost that match if not for Ikeme Carl brilliance. Now again he did not report on Monday prompting the invitation of Alampaso. What do you expect Oliseh to do? What would you as a soldier will do? This is a national assignment not village competition. He undermined Oliseh’s authority when he challenged Oliseh at that meeting. This had nothing to do with sympathizing with someone who just buried his mum. What happened at the meeting is what we are discussing. A cool headed captain would have kept his cool and discussed matter latter. Who know if Musa was for only the Congo match determined before his arrival on Tuesday. Remember again that since KESHI was sacked Enyeama has been acting funny and strong headed. When invited by NFF together with KESHI, he didn’t attend but KESHI honored that meeting. We heard he liked instigating players negatively. I don’t know how many NFF members and co- players attended that burial. As much as we sympathize with him, it does not give room to disrespecting or disregard the coach. On this I support Oliseh. Anyone can say anything but that is my stand. No retreat.

    1. Reply Post By Daniel Uhegwu

      Thanks Djeniko. I won’t pretend not to have seen the angle you’re arguing from. A constituted authority is a constituted authority. There’s no doubt about that. But Oliseh was like him too in his days. Someone managed him that way. As you said, I am saying too, it was a national pride at stake. Not Oliseh and Enyeama football competition. He would have handled the matter in a more matured way that wouldn’t have affected the match and our pride. If after the match Enyeama issue was raised officially for misconduct and misbehavior, many of us would have seen things from Oliseh’s point of view. But now, he failed as a good coach. Managing humans is a big task. Even in the Military where I was, we had and I am sure till now we still have soldiers who are different. There are positions for such people too. He has been there, about to leave. Oliseh should have considered Nigeria first.

    2. Reply Post By Daniel Uhegwu

      Djeniko I said Oliseh shouldn’t have allowed the issue to affect his team, our team. He would have traded with caution. So that our pride would have been protected. I red Oliseh story. That’s not enough to scatter the peace and happiness of the team, our pride. Now Enyeama has gone. He cannot be called back to face the team’s failure but Oliseh is still there and would be held accountable. That has been my point. He allowed the “crying baby” as you called him to spoil his job, our pride.

  31. I am not saying this is a vindication o but could all Enyeama supporters go to http://www.vanguardngr.com and read Oliseh's defence on this Oliseh vs Enyeama saga? I am not an expect but I know a cry-baby when I see one.

  32. Reply Post By Sorunmu seyi

    Sorry Enyeama, Oliseh I remember you left the Eagles because your opinion was not respected by the coach, just think you are doing the same thing to Vincent.

  33. Reply Post By jimoh ganiyu

    it is quite unfortunate the oliseh treated was unfair.

  34. @ djeniko, thumb up to you bro. @ Daniel Uhegwu, please learn to examine two sides of a story, use other similar scenarios and other environmental factors to consider the pros and cons of an issue before drawing conclusions. Most people that droppped comments here showed themselves as ignorants and one-sided thinkers. Some are former Keshi loyalists who will see nothing good in whoever is appointed to take over from Keshi. My conclusion is that in any organized group or society, there is always a head and in the Nigerian national football team as of today, Sunday Oliseh is the HEAD period!

    1. Reply Post By Daniel Uhegwu

      He’s the head, so, let him head the ball into the net. Not outside the post. Its too early to tell us why he failed. He should learn how to reconcile issues just the way he did with his entire family recently.

  35. ln Nigeria we love football, so i don’t wnt anything that ll do away with our happiness when its come to football. If Sunday Oliseh is not competence enough to manage d team n d players , I suggest he shld quit d job before NNFF sack him. No matter what has happened Vincent deselves some respect, he has done so much for d country. Vincent my prayer for u is dt wherever you are the Lord ll recognise u if human don’t put ur trust in God. personally am not happy with Oliseh as well with Nigerian with d way he deal with issue like this is so childish no sign of maturity atall. Vincent Nigerian love you.

  36. Reply Post By FreshPrince

    I still see no reason why too much importance is being attached to ds issue? Coaches and captains disagree all d tym. For goodness sake ds are adults. Y are they acting like kids? When u hv issues, must d media b d ones u re crying to? Ds 2 guys are just nt big-enough guys who don’t knw the power of d media. Tell a lil problem to d media and it’ll end up like tsunami! I still bliv coaches don’t scream @ dia players and get good results. Dia r more terrible ways to deal wt a player! Casillas nd Mou @ RMA as an example. U dnt hv to scream. You’re d coach. Public embarassment makes d affected wanna defend himself too. You’re not kids remember. Sunday’s Temper issues still hunting him tho. Jahbless 9ja

  37. Reply Post By ioegbu uche

    Uncle Daniel has a biased mind, so no matter what U say he will be subjective not objective in his argument.

  38. @Oliseh…..what goes around comes around

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