Former captain and goalkeeper of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Vincent Enyeama, has given reasons for the shock announcement of his retirement from the senior national team.

Enyeama decided to hang his playing boots and gloves some hours before the kick-off of the friendly match between Nigeria and DR Congo after reports of the rift he had with the team coach, Sunday Oliseh, who stripped the Lille OSC shot-stopper off captaincy of the Super Eagles.

The 33-year-old claims his retirement is in the best interest of the team and it will aid the ‘development and growth of the game in Nigeria.’

“I retired from international duty in order for Nigerian football to move forward. I never planned to retire the manner and time I did but things happened too differently and suddenly.

“I must confess that I did what I did for the development and growth of the game in Nigeria.

“However, I will do everything professionally to make Nigeria succeed, if to stay out of the national team permanently is what will make Nigeria professionally to succeed then I won?t consider a comeback,” Enyeama told Channels Sports.


The Akwa-Ibom goal tender, however, rued the 2-0 loss of the Super Eagles to the Leopards of DR Congo on Thursday night in Belgium but believes the Eagles will bounce back shortly.

“Naturally I feel bad as a Nigerian that Super Eagles loss 0-2 to the Leopards of DR Congo in Belgium.

“However, I strongly believe that Nigeria will get up shortly to start winning matches.

“I don’t want to say that the side loss because I did not feature in the match, the outcome may not have been anything different if I had played the match,” Enyeama said..

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