Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick may be denying former Nigerian goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, the chance to feature in the coming World Cup in Russia.
There have been pressures and calls on Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, to include Enyeama in his squad ahead of the Mundial this summer after first-choice keeper Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last year.
Rohr has since kept faith with young Deportivo La Coruna keeper Francis Uzoho, Enyimba star Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Chippa United shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi, but unconvincing displays in recent games have led the German coach turn to out-of-favour shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama.
But in an interview Thursday, Pinnick said Rohr would decide if he wants the France-based keeper, who has yet to feature for Les Dogues since he returned from a knee injury five months ago.
“All the other goalkeepers deserve to be in posts (for the World Cup), (Francis) Uzoho, for one, is doing well,” SCORENigeria quoted the NFF boss as saying in a television interview.
“This could well be the big break for one of the other goalkeepers. But in the end it’s Rohr’s call to invite Enyeama, it’s his own responsibility.”
The NFF boss said goalkeeping coach Alloy Agu would be in South Africa to train the much-vilified Akpeyi.
“Alloy Agu is on his way to train Akpeyi at Chippa United. The other trainer (Pionetti) is in Spain with Uzoho on special permission of his club. We also expect such for Dele Alampasu and Ezenwa.” Amaju Pinnick had said.
However a new study by the CIES Football Observatory research group has revealed that the Super Eagles of Nigeria have no chance of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Out of the 32 teams that will compete in Russia, the research group ranked Nigeria 22nd favourite to win the trophy.