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Nigeria coach defends decision to strip armband from outgoing Enyeama

Ahram Online , Friday 9 Oct 2015
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Nigeria's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (Reuters)
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Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh believes he made the right decision to strip the captaincy from keeper Vincent Enyeama and to name striker Ahmed Musa as the new leader of the Super Eagles.

The 33-year old keeper has already announced that he intends to quit the team in one or two years.

"The fact is that I would like to have somebody (as captain) who is thinking of playing now and not somebody who is preparing for retirement or thinking of life after-football," Oliseh said in interview with Nigeria’s website for Vanguard Newspapers.

"And I think it’s time we had peace and quiet around the Super Eagles. That is why I am glad that most of the players here are finding ways to work as a team because I get the feeling now that they are aware that they are representing 170 million people," Oliseh said.

The Super Eagle goalkeeper Enyeama said on his Instagram page on Thursday that he would retire from international football to focus on his club career.

"I have fought a good fight for more than 13 years. I have finished my course and I have kept the faith and sang the anthem with passion. Henceforth, there is laid for me a crown that only God can reward me with for my 13 years of national service. God bless Nigeria," Enyeama said.

"Henceforth, I am no longer the captain of the Nigerian senior football team, I am no longer the goalie of the team. I am out of the team. I am no longer available for international duties," he concluded.

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