Posted on 15th Oct 2016 by adebayo
– Gernot Rohr confirms Vincent Enyeama will return to the Super Eagles fold
– Enyeama retired in 2015 after an alteration with former coach Sunday Oliseh
– Wolves goalie Carl Ikeme has made himself number but Rohr wants Enyeama back
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says former captain of the team Vincent Enyeama will return if they qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Enyeama retired from international football in 2015 after falling out with former Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh and his position in goal has been occupied by Wolves’ goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.
Rohr praised the performances of Ikeme but admits he does not think the Wolves man has a dependable deputy in FC Ifeanyi Ubah shotstopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
“I’ve known him (Ikeme) before now. I have seen him in his club, Wolverhampton Wanderers a second division side in England. I like his approach to the game, his concentration, calmness, attitude to training and games,” Rohr told CompleteSportsNigeria.
“He is a good goalkeeper and I must commend him for his saves in Ndola. Carl kept us in the game by pulling at least three great saves. He was the man of the match against Zambia. Great guy.
“I said it that I wanted Vincent Enyeama to return from retirement and I called him and we spoke with him. He will come back if we qualify for the World Cup. We need very good goalkeepers in the Eagles.
“We have two local goalkeepers whom I don’t know if they will fit in if Carl sustains an injury; so I think we need two big goalkeepers. Of course for this moment, Carl is number one. We cannot change him, he will be number one for the next game.”
Nigeria won its first 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Zambia on last Sunday, October 9, while Algeria and Cameroon drew in their game which sees the Super Eagles top CAF qualifying Group B.
The next match for the team is against Algeria in November.
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