I’ll honour a call-up – Enyeama opens to Eagles return
If Nigeria needs me today, I can’t say no – Enyeama
Vincent Enyeama, who last played for the Super Eagles in 2015 has rejected talks he snubbed for a return to the national team.
The veteran goalkeeper abruptly announced retirement from international football in 2015 after a rift with the then coach of the team Sunday Oliseh.
With a goalkeeper crisis ahead of the 2018 World Cup, after his replacement Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute Leukaemia, Enyeama was mooted for a return to the national team.
However, the Super Eagles joint most capped player has quashed talks that the Federation contacted for a return since he left the team four years ago.
“Nobody contacted me,” the 37-year-old told Brila FM.
“Since I left Nigeria football in 2015, nobody has contacted me.
“All the things you heard about me turning down the Super Eagles is false and I just didn’t want to exacerbate it by joining issues with those peddling the story.”
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The goalkeeper has been out of active football for over two years after he was released by French side Lille in April 2017.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nation winner has maintained he planned to continue playing, but attempt to stage a return to competitive football this year has been unsuccessful, as he was not offered a contract after a trial with French club Dijon.
While looking to sort out his club future, Enyeama also stated that he was still open to a return to the Super Eagles.
“I cannot say no to Nigeria.
“If Nigeria tells me today that there’s a goalkeeping problem and they need me, I can’t say no,” he added.
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