By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles assistant coach Simon Kalika believes Super Eagles first choice keeper Vincent Enyeama is an important cog for the Nigerian national side and hopes that the country will qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Eagles goalkeeper Enyeama has asked to be excused from the Nigerian team preparing for a double African Cup of Nations qualifiers against DR Congo on Saturday and South Africa next week Wednesday though he is expected to be back on Eagles duty in October for Nigeria’s home and away games against Sudan, provided FIFA and CAF do not ban Nigeria from competitive football.
However, Kalika is not reading any untoward meaning to Enyeama’s absence and hopes to see the Lille goalkeeper back in the team while speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com from his base in Armsterdam.
“Enyeama is a good keeper, arguably Africa’s best and one of the best in the world. It’s a good thing that we are assured that he is still with the national team. Apparently, he is family man and so could have issues he would want to sort. Even if he is not, everybody has got a family and commitments here and there. Enyeama is still very important in the Super Eagles, but we should also begin to discover more Enyeamas.”
Kalika hopes the lingering problems in the Nigeria Football Federation will not stop the country defending its AFCON title next year in Morocco.
“It was a good news that Nigeria was not banned before. We don’t want to see things like this. Hopefully, these things will be sorted out quickly so the team can hopefully defend the title. Some people don’t seem to know that Nigeria can actually do better than it has so far in the game,” Kalika tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
FIFA on Wednesday warned that Nigeria will be banned from international football on Monday, 8 September 2014 if the Chris Giwa-led board do not vacate office.