NFF In Talks With Enyeama, Emenike Over Possible Return To Super Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), says it is in talks with Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike, former goalkeeper and striker respectively, over possible return to Super Eagles.

 

Super Eagles Interim Coach Samson Siasia who said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, said the aim was to ensure that the country assembles its best legs against Egypt.

 

The Super Eagles have crucial two-legged Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), qualifying matches against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

 

The first leg encounter takes place in Kaduna on March 25, while the return leg match is scheduled for Cairo on March 29.

 

Siasia said NFF was exploring every avenue capable of bringing success, adding that it had taken steps to facilitate the players’ return to the team.

 

“We just finished talking with the NFF Technical Director, Shaibu Amadu; we are just putting the list of invited players together and after the NFF Technical Committee meeting on Thursday, the list should be released’’, he said.

 

“The Super Eagles’ Secretary, Dayo Enebi, will be contacting the invited players and he is talking with Enyeama and Emenike; we will talk with them when they are ready to talk.

“We will be happy to see these players back in the team if they can help us to qualify for 2017 AFCON’’, he said.

 

The Olympic silver medal winning coach, however, said he was not under any pressure to win Egypt.

 

“The job for me is tasking but we are here for challenges and, being a challenge does not mean that it is a mountain we cannot climb.

“I am not feeling any pressure; all I want to do is to ensure we do well in the two games against Egypt.’’

 

Siasia was appointed on Friday by the NFF as interim Super Eagles coach following the resignation of Sunday Oliseh.

 

He is to be assisted by Flying Eagles’ coach Emmanuel Amuneke, Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu.

 

(NAN)

My Decision To Resign Has Nothing To Do With Oliseh – Emmanuel Emenike

Footballer Emmanuel Emenike who announced his retirement from the Super Eagles on October 19th, maintained that his decision to resign has nothing to do with Super Eagles coach, Oliseh

“I have absolutely nothing against the coach (Oliseh). As for me, I still remain loyal to coach Sunday Oliseh and I want to believe he understands my decision. My decision has nothing to do with the coach, who is a brave man, a technically sound person, my decision has nothing to go against his vision for the Super Eagles. Me out of the team will equally ease pressure on the coach and it will enable the younger players to fight harder for the team.
Nigeria have produced lots of talented goal poacher like Julius Aghahowa, Victor Agali, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Samuel Okwaraji, Obafemi Martins, Ike Uche, Rashidi Yekini just to mention a few. I believe with God on our side, the team will fly higher without Emenike, I will be glad to see them qualify for both the AFCON and World Cup in 2018. We have lots of good players in the team and more are still coming in to contribute, so I believe the team will get better and stronger as time goes on. The team will be great under Oliseh.” “he told African Football.

Nigeria’s Emenike Quits International Football

Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike on Tuesday announced his retirement from international football, after a barren spell in front of goal.

The 28-year-old said on his Instagram account he was calling time on his five-year career for the national side, telling fans he was “no longer a Super Eagles player”.

“It has always being my pleasure to play and win for the team,” he wrote.

“I am always proud of my successful years in the team and I am pleased to call it off at this point in order to avoid insults.”

Emenike, who plays his club football for Al Ain of Dubai, is the second player to announce his retirement from Nigeria’s senior squad this month.

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Emmanuel Emenike Denies Converting To Islam, Says I’m Very Much A Christian

The Fenerbahce striker, Emmanuel Emenike is upset with his coach especially for ‘leaking’ his personal information to the media. According to the striker, he was missing on Saturday morning when others ate breakfast and when his coach asked him why he was not there to join others, he simply said he was fasting. Emenike is upset that his coach mistook his fasting for being a Muslim one and wondered why he had to give the press a wrong perception of his fast. He however disclosed to the press today that though he missed his breakfast at the club because he was fasting, what he observed was a Christian fast, and not the on-going Muslim fast. What he said;

“The report that I am now a Muslim is absolute rubbish and false. I want the source of the news to re-address it. I have no reason to convert to Islam even though I have lots of Muslim friends. Is there any big deal observing fasting during the (Muslim) fasting period?” he asked rhetorically.

“I am very disappointed seeing the news going viral because it is something I told my coach in our conversation when he asked me a question and never said I have become a Muslim. Fasting is not what everybody should know that you are doing and it’s very sad seeing this in the media.”

“I am Catholic, a strong one for that matter, and I came from Christian home. I don’t discriminate against anybody and I believe we are all equal in the presence of God, so what is the big deal in fasting? Does he know how many time I fast to get closer to God before the fasting periods? It’s really sad because I don’t see it as a big deal,” he told

AfricanFootball.com.

Emenike Say He was Cursed not to Score

Nigeria international striker, Emmanuel Emenike has astonishingly declared that his three-month goal drought was a result of a curse placed on him.

Emenike went almost three months without scoring for Fenerbahçe in Turkey’s Süper Lig and claims bad luck was to blame for his lack of proficiency in front of goal. The Super Eagles attacker spoke to Turkish newspaper, Milliyet about the situation claiming that “something is wrong.”

“My energy is not right, something is wrong, I just need a goal to get back to form,” Emenike said.

The former Spartak Moscow striker subsequently underwent a ritual called ‘Kur_un Dökme’ apparently to “remove the curse.” Remarkably Emenike scored his first league goal since November 2, 2014 shortly after he reportedly underwent the ‘Kur_un Dökme.’

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Fenerbahce Deny Emenike Move To Tottenham

Fenerbahce remain adamant that Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike is not set for a move to English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur.

With Spurs reportedly looking for a striker to take the goal scoring burden off Harry Kane, there has been talk that Eminike is a target for the north London club.

Emenike’s agent, Erdem Konyar, has been happy to fuel this fire, recently saying: “Tottenham only really have one striker right now so it is not a surprise that they are interested.”

Konyar, however, admits that Fenerbahce have not received any interest yet.

“However, I do not think Fenerbahce have received an official bid yet. If Fenerbahce give us permission we could enter negotiations,” he said.

The club have made it clear they do not plan to let go of their prized asset, who has scored 25 goals in 40 games since arriving from Spartak Moscow in an £11.2m move 18 months ago.

“Emmanuel Emenike is a Fenerbahce player and has a contract with us until 2017, there are currently no transfer talks,” read a club statement.

It has also emerged that the Istanbul-based team have already rejected an offer for Emenike from Spurs.

“The offer for Emenike came and they offered 10 million euros. However, I trust him; therefore, I rejected the offer