Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh has stated that he is deeply hurt by the weighty allegations leveled against him by former Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama.
The Eagles gaffer who gave more insights as to what transpired in the row that recently engulfed the Super Eagles camp in Belgium in the run to the friendly game against DR Congo claimed his person has being maligned by comments made by Enyeama.
Enyeama sensationally called it quits with the Nigeria national team Thursday morning with his reasons including the fact that he was humiliated by Oliseh and insults were targeted at his late mum which he vehemently stated he cannot stand.
However, in a new twist Coach Oliseh said Enyeama’s claims are far from the truth and her needless even if the 33-year old has made up his mind retiring from national team football.
“To say the least; I am very hurt and disappointed at the character assassination Vincent has taken on my personality as regards this issue. If you want to retire, do so but don’t drag in somebody or insult people who did nothing.” Oliseh began in an interview with the Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye in Belgium on Friday.
Oliseh gave his account of what further transpired and according to him contrary to media reports he was not angry to see Enyeama joining the national team camp on Tuesday- a day after the initial deadline set as he was fully aware that he was burying his mother over the weekend.
The Eagles Coach explained that the genesis of the row happened when he was registering his displeasure with the players having felt dissatisfied with their output at the last training session.
Oliseh said after his speech, Enyeama raised his hands to speak and he told him he does not want any comment at least now adding that the goal keeper can air his opinion privately with him afterwards.
“He (Enyeama) wanted to say something; and I said this is not the time for that because we just had a talk on how to improve our game, we will discuss private matters afterwards. He said no, he wanted to say something and I said no also I don’t want you to say anything now, please sit down we can talk later but he was adamant and he started raising his voice against me” Oliseh explained.
Oliseh continued: “It was then I told him that with all due respect, this is the Super Eagles and I am the coach and we are not going to have two coaches , I am to decide who talks and when… If you refuse to accept what I say, then it is better you go out, he was still adamant and trying to raise his voice. It was then I said it is either you leave or we (the team) leave the room for you. He refused and then I told him I will order him to be taken out because he was even stopping his teammates from having their dinner.
The Eagles Coach said it was then senior Super Eagles players like Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi and Ahmed Musa intervened and helped Enyeama out of the room.
Oliseh also stated that the height of Enyeama shout at him, he offered the keeper the choice of going back home as he was already causing a distraction to his team.
The Super Eagles Coach maintained that Enyeama’s late mum never popped up in the melee that ensued and was insane for someone to lie about an event that happened in front of as much as 19 witnesses.
Going forward, Oliseh said he has no grudge against Enyeama adding that the shot stopper has the right to retire from national team football if he feels it is the best decision for him.