Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed shock over the sudden retirement of Emmanuel Emenike from the Nigeria national team.
Oliseh on Wednesday told Brila FM he was yet to believe that Emenike has indeed called it quits from the Super Eagles since it has not been communicated officially, and that speculation about dropping him from the team for poor performance was a complete falsehood.
“It was a big shocker for us and a big shocker for me personally. And personally, I still don’t accept that he (Emenike) has retired because, officially, I have not heard anything from him, and I don’t think the federation have heard anything from him, only what we’ve seen is what is pasted on social media,” Oliseh stated.
“He has been part of our building process, and in fact, he has had more playing time than any other striker that we’ve had. So I am very surprised that he has retired.
“If five per cent of what we hear on social media about coach Sunday Oliseh is true, that means I will be giving interviews everyday. At the moment, we have not made a list of anybody we are going to invite for the next World Cup qualifier as we are only focused on getting our country to qualify for CHAN.
“And I am still struggling with my health, so where have I had the time to make a team or drop Emmanuel? That is totally, once again, false,” Oliseh reiterated.
Using his Instagram page on Monday, Emenike said he was putting a full stop to his international career in order to avoid insults and also allow peace to be in the national team.