The reason for Super Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama opting out of the upcoming 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday has been disclosed.
A top source close to the Lille goalkeeper and his family revealed to BBC Sport that Enyeama lost his mother and coach Sunday Oliseh had to excuse the 33-year-old on compassionate grounds.
“He is completely devastated and coach Sunday Oliseh has excused him on compassionate grounds,” a source close to the family said.
The Nigeria senior national team landed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania yesterday evening but Enyeama has excused himself from the game, leaving Sunday Oliseh with the choice of fielding Wolverhampton shot stopper, Carl Ikeme between the sticks.
Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Femi Thomas of Enyimba FC, who was called up late to camp as replacement for Enyeama, are the other goalkeepers that made the trip.
Ikeme will most likely be in goal for the friendly to be played against the Mena of Niger Republic just 3 days after the AFCON qualifier and the goalkeeper has expressed confidence ahead of his first cap for the Super Eagles.
Enyeama kept a clean sheet in Nigeria’s first match in the group G which was a 2-0 over Chad Republic, meanwhile Tanzania lost 3-0 to Egypt in Cairo..