Vincent Enyeama shuns NFF summons, Keshi sues for peace
Super Eagles’ captain, Vincent Enyeama, yesterday did not attend the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee’s summons to explain his comments on the choice of Kaduna as venue for the country’s Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier against Chad on June 13.
Enyeama had on the eve of the game expressed his dissatisfaction with the choice of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna as venue for the game, citing security challenges in the northern part of the country. But the NFF did not take kindly to his comments.
The body set up a committee to question the Super Eagles’ captain on the comments with a view to ensuring that no other player challenged the NFF’s right to decide where the national team games would be played.
Enyeama was, however, conspicuously absent yesterday when the Organizing and Disciplinary Committee (O&D) of the federation sat over some issues that bothered on team discipline.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, has urged Nigerians to work for measures that would restore peace and decency to the national team to enable the technical crew work towards qualifying Nigeria for the 2017 AFCON.
Keshi, who was invited to the Glass House by the NFF to explain his recent link with the vacant Cote d’Ivoire job, as well as his alleged bias in the selection of players, told journalists after appearing before the Committee that he was not worried about the issue because he had told them everything he knew about the matter.
“What is on my mind today is the next AFCON game against Tanzania and how to defeat them in September. We thank God for the victory against Chad in Kaduna, the next should be how to consolidate on that victory that should be our target now and not who said what.
“About Vincent, I only know about myself that I need to be here today, but for Vincent Enyeama I don’t know about that.”
Keshi denied knowing anything about the Ivorian job, even as he rejected suggestions to drag the West African country to court.
“I have said it before that I did not apply for the Ivorian job because I have a job which I am happy with. But talking about court, I will not do that because my name is everywhere and if I take them to court will I also take Kenya and Ghana to court? That is the experience of every coach in the world,” he noted.