Enyeama’s return to Eagles dangerous, Owolabi tells Rohr

Former Green Eagles winger, Felix Owolabi,
has warned against the return of Vincent
Enyeama into the national team saying: “It
may spell doom for the country at Russia
2018 World Cup.”
There are strong indications that Coach
Gernot Rohr is unsatisfied with the
goalkeepers in the Super Eagles and has
extended invitation to Deportivo La Coruña
goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho and afterward
Enyeama, as he steps up his preparation for
the Mundial.
According to Owolabi, after Enyeama called
it quit from the national team, he should be
allowed to enjoy his retirement after
serving the nation well.
“Enyeama for me has no business in the
Eagles again. The fact that he has called it
quit from active football for the nation and
coupled with the controversies
surrounding his forced retirement, I
believed there should no clamour for his
“Let Enyeama stays retired as far as the
national team is concerned. It will be good
for Nigeria if he is asked not to come back.
And if he is asked to come back, sincerely it
is going to spell doom for the country,” he
Recounting an incident in 1982, the former
IICC Shooting Star of Ibadan player said that
any controversy that precedes a
tournament always end in a disaster.
“Previous experiences have shown that
when there is a controversy over stay or do
not stay on a particular player when he
decides to come back, it does not speak
well for the entire team.
“A similar thing happened in 1982 when I
was in the Eagles. I will not mention names,
but at the end of the day we lost out.
Several events have unfolded pertaining to
a player coming back from retirement. For
God sake, Enyeama has gone on retirement
and let it remain so.
Rohr as a good coach must be able to mold
whatever material he has available at his
disposal. It is not as if we do not have good
goalkeepers, after all a journey of a
thousand miles starts with a step.
“Most of us were able to find our way into
the national team because we were given
just one match as a test and we went
through it and we passed. It is like an
examination,” he stated.
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