As expected by some, the captain and number one goalkeeper of the Super Eagles, Vincent Enyeama, did not show up before the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Disciplinary Committee which was on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
Vincent is seriously thinking about saying goodbye to the Eagles.
Someone close to the player said he was considering that option on Tuesday.
Enyeama, who was seriously concerned about the security situation in Kaduna just before the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Chad (that the team won 2-0), was ordered by the Nigerian Football Federation to defend himself.
Even though he apologized, the NFF queried him and was alleged that Vincent Enyeama refused to give a reply to the query. He said sorry to the good people of Kaduna and to the governor and the NFF, adding that he regretted the statement.
He was also asked to appear just before the NFF disciplinary committee in order to defend himself, but Enyeama refused the invitation.
However, the head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, who appeared just before the committee did, had something to say over the allegation that he applied for the available position of a head coach in the Cote d’ Ivoire national team..
“I did not apply for the job,” he simply said.
According to him, what the NFF, Super Eagles and media should focus on is how to get a win against Tanzania on 6th September in Dare Salam, and if possible, to try and beat the continent yet again in the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“We should be thinking of how we will prepare against Tanzania and win the game. That should be the focus and not what this guy said and what that guy said; all these little gossips. We should go ahead and put together a formidable team that can conquer Africa again, we can do it,” said the head coach.
When he was on a meeting with the committee, Keshi said, “Everything went well, the NFF will talk to you on that but everything went well. Like you guys know, I never applied for the Cote d’Ivoire job.”
He denied knowledge of the whereabouts and the invitation of the captain of the senior squad, Vincent Enyeama, who was supposed to show up there.
“No I am not aware. I only know about my own invitation. You can ask the NFF officials, as they should be able to tell you,” Keshi said.
The chairman of the committee, Chris Green, said that Keshi’s case was inconclusive.
“If we need to go Cote d’ Ivoire in order to get to the root of the matter we will do that,” he said.
“We’ve made our recommendations. We will handle the matter internally”.