Ex-international tasks Nigeria’s soccer body on national team harmony.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) must ensure there is lasting reconciliation between the Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, ex-international Benedict Akwuegbu has said.
The former striker noted that Enyeama, who last Thursday announced his decision to quit the Super Eagles following a spat with Oliseh, remains very relevant to success of the national team. “ I b e – lieve that Vincent Enyeama is still very much relevant to the country,” Akwuegbu. “He’s a leader, he has experience, he is an asset to the national team.
“No matter the situation, I believe the NFF can still bring peace to the senior national team, Super Eagles.
“Yes, this is no time for ego trip, this no time to claim right. The Super Eagles is like a family, there could be misunderstanding and I believe the NFF, who are the father of both Oliseh and Enyeama, to wade in.”
Akwuegbu, who represented Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea-Japan, emphasized: “Yes, call the two parties together with the purpose of settling whatever misunderstanding between them because Nigeria needs Enyeama, Super Eagles need his experience and for the good of the Nations Cup ticket, we cannot afford to prosecute it with a divided house.”
Akwuegbu is current coach of Aust r i a nthird-tier league side, FC Gratkorn, having earlier turned down interest from Belgian side, KRC Harelbeke.
He believes that it is not important pointing fingers as to who is right or wrong in the feud between Oliseh and Enyeama, which led to the Lille of France shot-stopper calling time onhis international career“
The issue at the moment is not who is right, neither is it who is wrong. What is important is peace. Super Eagles are in the middle of a competition like Nations Cup qualifiers.
“Unity is important, the qualification ticket is vital and to achieve this there must be peace, there must be unity.
“So, the two parties must sheath their daggers for the good of the country,” he said.