Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh has confessed that he is now in a “tight corner” ahead of his maiden assignment in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following the late withdrawal by captain of the national team, Vincent Enyeama.
While Enyeama is said to have withdrawn from the upcoming national team engagements against Tanzania and Niger due to pressing personal family reasons, many feel the decision of the Lille shot stopper to opt out might not be unconnected with the last row he had with the Nigeria Football Federation.
The NFF had openly castigated Enyeama for expressing concerns over the choice of Kaduna for the game against Chad.
“The late withdrawal has put me in a tight corner,” Oliseh told journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. “He asked to be withdrawn from the team. And the reason for that I don’t know, I think it’s best you ask the player.”
With Enyeama out of the picture, national team handlers are already making back up plans and that will most likely hand Wolverhampton FC of England goalkeeper Carl Ikeme an opportunity to make his Eagles debut in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
The 27-year-old is relishing the opportunity and has equally promised to give his best if finally he is considered as the direct replacement for Enyeama in goal.
“I will just try and do what I do in my club,” Ikeme assured.
“I will not be under pressure but I will give my best. I am not going to try and be Vincent (Enyeama), but I will just try and play my own game and give my best.”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria and its coaching crew will on Thursday afternoon fly out of Abuja to Dar es Salaam for Saturday’s 2017 AFCON qualifiers against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.
According to nff.com, the team is expected to arrive at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam at 10pm (8pm Nigerian time) of the same day.
The Super Eagles delegation is expected to be made up of 23 players, technical officials, some members of NFF Executive Committee and management, NFF Staff, some representatives of the media, and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
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