Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, is set to return to the national team, coach Gernot Rohr has said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rohr made the announcement in Uyo on Wednesday at a pre-match news conference to mark the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun. The match billed for September 1, is to be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Rohr said that he had spoken with Enyeama and that the goalkeeper was ready to come back to the team but was not invited for the match against Cameroun because he currently injured and unfit.
“The past is the past but now he is injured. He has to win the fight against injury,” said Rohr.
It would be recalled that Enyeama announced his retirement from the national team in 2015, following a disagreement with the then coach, Sunday Oliseh.
On the forthcoming match, Rohr said he had a good team to face the Lions but that his challenge was with the goalkeeper position.
He said that two of his goalkeepers were injured, explaining, however, that he would start the match with Ikechukwu Ezenwa at the goal.
“The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players. We already have six points. All players are in high spirit. We know that we have a good team, we are ready to make the difference. We have all the confidence to beat the Indomitable Lions here in Uyo.”
Rohr said the players would be a bit aggressive in their tackling, unlike the last Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match with Bafana Bafana of South Africa played in Uyo.
The coach pleaded with fans to support the Super Eagles to win the first leg of the match, noting that a win would spur the Eagles to do better in the return leg in Cameroun.
Also at the press conference, Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, said the team was in Uyo to play and win the match.
“We are ready; the team is a mixture of young and experienced players. I am here to make sure we qualify for the World Cup. Everybody dreams to go to the World Cup. We are playing at home, we are fit. We have what it takes to win the match.”
Mikel said the team had been working hard and was confident to defeat Lions.