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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Oliseh seeks reconciliation between NFF and Enyeama

The newly appointed coach of the country’s senior national team is hoping for a swift resolution between both parties ahead Tanzania game Super Eagles’ head coach Sunday Oliseh is hoping to find a lasting panacea to the uproar between the Nigeria Football Federation and captain Vincent Enyeama.

The Lille OSC goalkeeper could face a lengthy ban for not showing up to explain his remark against the NFF’s choice of Ahmadu Stadium, Kaduna for Eagles game against Chad.

Nigeria’s next game in the Africa Cup of Nations is against Tanzania in September and the new Eagles’ handler who sees Enyeama as one of the best goalkeepers in Africa has promised to meet with both parties towards getting the matter resolved on time.

“This is a touchy issue and one has to be careful how he treads on this. The first thing to do is to hear both sides. I have already spoken to the federation and they provided some very tangible reasons for the steps they took,” Oliseh said on SuperSports.

“However, when Enyeama made that statement, he was and is still the captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“You cannot forbid the captain from speaking out; it becomes autocratic if you do that and I would not want to do that as a coach.

“But at the same time, we can also caution and say ‘we don’t want such kinds of utterances because it may bring about a negative effect or whatever’.

“I however think that he may have spoken out because of what he had already discussed with his teammates.

“Maybe he spoke out on behalf of his teammates and I don’t think we should stop someone from speaking out when he’s the captain.

“However we cannot have all the players speaking out because that would be tantamount to chaos.

“I will speak to the captain and we will look at the way forward because I still view him as one of the best goalkeepers we have,” he concluded.

It will be recalled that Ogenyi Onazi, who was sent off against Les Sao has been issued a letter of reprimand, ordered to produce a written apology and fined the sum of $5,000.

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