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Idah: Why NFF Queried And Summoned Enyeama

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Peterside Idah has given an insight into the face-off between the Nigeria Football Federation and Eagles skipper and first choice keeper, Vincent Enyeama after a private conversation with with him, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Enyeama got himself in the bad books of the NFF bigwigs by insisting that Kaduna was unsafe for the Super Eagles due to the menace by insurgents in the northern part of Nigeria. 

This riled the NFF officials and Enyeama was reportedly handed a query for expressing his feelings. 

However South Africa-based Idah, a former Super Eagles media officer, on Wednesday morning wrote on his Facebook wall, saying that he had spoken to Enyeama about the incident.

"I spoke to Enyeama. He said he was called earlier to apologise (over his comments about security in Kaduna) which he did. They (NFF) turned around to send him a query," Idah posted on his wall. 

The former international who aside working as a studio analyst for a satellite TV channel in South Africa is also a Pastor of a Church in the country, gave reasons as to why the NFF opted to take the measure despite the earlier verbal apology the goalkeeper offered. . 

"Because some told the NFF that it was in the national interest to send a strong leadership signal," Idah stated.

Enyeama failed to show up at the meeting called by the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday.

Eagles gaffer Stephen Keshi who allegedly applied for the job of the national team coach of Cote d' Ivoire was at the meeting though maintained he never applied for the job but only shortlisted by the Ivorien football federation. 

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4 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Nimdul Zingfa Napshat

    Nobody is above mistake so Please with the NEW for what happened between them and our first choice goal keeper Vincent Eyeama so the leadership of NFF understand what is happening in the northern part of the country

  2. Reply Post By Keneri

    So, it's wrong to express one's opinion in Nigeria?…no nation would risk the lives of national team for any reason at-all…if Enyeama was wrong then, NFF should take the next suprt eagles game to Maiduguri…USELESS NFF

  3. Reply Post By AFOLABI DAVID

    NFF SHOULD GO TO HELL, SO HE SHOULD NOT THINK ABOUT HIS SAFETY. IF ANYTHING HAPPEN TO ANY OF THE PLAYERS WILL THE NFF TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILY. AFTER THEY WILL SAY PLAYERS DON`T HONOR NATIONAL CALLS WHEN THEY ARE TREATED SHABILY.

  4. It is very unfair for NFF to summon Enyeama before a panel after that comment, if we have to go by statistics of Boko Haram’s activities in the northern parts of Nigeria, no one will be willing to go those parts of the country if they have choices.

    What the NFF don’t understand is that the fact the match will be played in a state where Boko Haram are tormenting innocent Nigerians freely will affect the performance of the players as they will constantly be thinking of what if they are attack; thereby making them to be wary and not allowing them to have 100% concentration on and before the match.

    In Maiduguri and some northern parts of the country, a lot of attacks happened recently and I will mention just few of the incidents:

    July 23rd 2014 82 killed, scored injured as General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) escapes death in Kaduna bomb blast.

    January 3 – 7 2015 Boko Haram killed over 2000 people and controls 70% of Borno State.

    January 24 15 people killed in the village of Kambari near Maiduguri.

    January 28 Boko Haram killed 40 people while on rampage in Adamawa State.

    March 7 5 suicide bomb blasts leave 54 dead and 143 wounded in Maiduguri.

    June 22 Maiduguri mosque bombing, 30 killed at crowded mosque by 2 young female suicide bombers.

    In view of this I am 120% in support of Enyeama’s comment and NFF should just go to sleep.

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