Vincent Enyeama was the Super Eagles of Nigeria first-choice and the most capped goalkeeper for over a decade until he bowed out in 2015 since joining in 2002.
He moved to Lille of France and later to Maccabi of Israel on loan. He recently called it quit with Lille.
Enyeama who spoke in an interview expressed a desire to return again to the Super Eagles if given a chance to serve.
“No, no, no! I have not quit football. I have cancelled my contract with Lille of France and I took a year off to spend some time with my family and that is why I’m here (at Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort – Golf Club).
“When asked whether he wants to return to the Super Eagles, he said: “I love Nigeria, I always think Nigeria and I can’t stop thinking of Nigeria. It’s my country and I love to serve my county; if they want me to play and I am invited, I’ll still play and win games for the country.
“But is not my priority; it’s not in the top of my agenda. The situation now is that we have the young ones coming up; they should be given the opportunity to showcase what they have got”, he said.
He also shared his views on the goalkeeping crisis in the Super Eagles. “There is no goalkeeper crisis. We need to work with what we have for now (the present goalkeepers – Akepyi, Ezennwa and Uzoho) If that is done we will not be talking about goalkeeping crisis.
He expressed his feelings about Nigeria’s performance at the last AFCON in Egypt. “Nigeria did very well at the AFCON in Egypt. It is unfortunate that they did not win the tournament; it’s big thumbs up; a very good performance. In the next dispensation, they can improve on this performance.
He, however, said sacking Gernot Rohr is not the solution to the problem in the team.
“I’m not part of those who want him out. You see, I believe in consistency; people say Clemence Westerhof was very, very good, but he was here in Nigeria for close to six years before he was able to deliver a trophy.
“The first AFCON he led Nigeria to in Algeria (1990), he did not win; the second AFCON in Senegal (1992) he did not win, until the third one in Tunisia (1994) before he won.
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“Why can’t we give this man the chance to work? Sincerely speaking, to me, Rohr has done well.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago