Posted by News Express | 8 October 2015 | 2,899 times
Nigeria’s most capped international Vincent Enyeama has quit international football after a meeting with top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Belgium on Thursday.
Enyeama’s decision did not come as a surprise after a major falling out with Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh on Tuesday night following the announcement of CSKA Moscow forward as the country’s new captain.
Earlier, on Thursday the 33-year-old Lille goalkeeper, who has been Nigeria skipper since Joseph Yobo quit international football last year, vowed “not to walk out on Nigeria”.
Later Thursday, Enyeama posted on Instagram: “I have fought a good fight for more than 13 years. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith and sang the anthem with passion.
“Henceforth, there is laid for me a crown which only GOD can reward me for my 13 years of national service.
“God bless NIGERIA. From HENCEFORTH, I am no more the captain of the NIGERIAN 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 worldwide. It’s being the most trying period of my life but I know that Nigerians are there for me and God is with me. God bless NIGERIA.”
Enyeama featured at three World Cups and won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.
In June against Chad, he won a record-breaking 101 caps to beat a century of appearances compiled by Joseph Yobo last year.
News Express had this morning reported how, after the yelling, shouting and shoving that engulfed the Super Eagles camp in Belgium on Tuesday, a heart-broken Enyeama opened up on the disgrace meted out to him by security men ostensibly acting on the orders of the team’s new coach, Oliseh.
The altercation between both men came as the Eagles prepared to face Congo in one of their two friendlies ahead of a World Cup qualifier. The Eagles play Congo today and would face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Sunday.
Writing on his Instagram page ‘vinny 2908’, Enyeama regretted the disgrace of being thrown out naked by security men.
His words: “After 13 years of national service, having this smile on my face and this passion in my heart. Through the billows, the waves of the ocean, the tears of defeat, the sound of rejoicing from victory chants. Now the thought of being stripped naked and security agents throwing me out breaks me completely.
“I will take anything but not insult to my dead mother.”
•Partly based on an africanfootball.com report. Photo shows Enyeama.
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