Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh has revealed that he has already tried calling Emmanuel Emenike twice to actually hear from him after his shock retirement from the national team.
While the attempts has been unsuccessful presently, Oliseh said he is willing to leave the channels of communications open but he will not go the extra mile to force the power-packed striker back for national team duties.
“He has not reached me but I have called him twice because immediately I heard this, first I thought it was all these lies on Social Media so I called him twice yesterday (Tuesday), I am expecting a return call from him, it is when I hear from him that I would fully accept that he is retiring” Oliseh told Brila Fm on Wednesday.
Going forward, while Oliseh said he is keen to hear from Emenike and possibly see the striker rescind on his decision, he was however quick to state that he would not force the 28-year old to have a change of heart as he is mature enough to know what he wants.
“He is a man. If a man decides to retire there is nothing anybody can do. And if you force him back, it will be counter-productive. So for that reason, like I said, if he has decided to retire, for me, it’s a shame because he was part of our build up plan. But like what we have said in the past, the only thing that is irreplaceable is Nigeria itself; we are all replaceable” ” Oliseh affirmed.
Many expect that the likes of Obafemi Martins and Brown Ideye who are both enjoying a good run of form at their respective clubs maybe the direct replacements for Emenike in the coming days.
“The thing there is that we have so many strikers to look at. We can’t base on just one player. And like I have said before, we have a pool of players for each position, we have like five or six players which we can call on to.
“And Emenike who has been part of the build process has decided to retire, so we will have to sit down and try to find a solution. The Super Eagles Coach concluded