NFF must make an example of irresponsible Enyeama

NFF must make an example of irresponsible Enyeama
Enyeama - Says he is completely broken from Tuesday's major fall-out with Oliseh

by Samm Audu

Monday Jun 22, 2015. 16:58

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have to put their foot down as regards discipline in the various national teams by coming down hard on skipper Vincent Enyeama over his irresponsible conduct recently.

Enyeama publicly questioned the safety of Kaduna to host the recent AFCON qualifier against Chad.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick described his comments as “provocative” and “careless”.

And Enyeama will then go on to dramatically tear the query issued him right before the NFF general secretary.

Where was the highly-publicised code of conduct to guide players in the national teams?

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Super Eagles players have long been pampered and the result is that the NFF have created monsters, who are now turning around to eat them up.

The scandalous bonus rows at last year’s World Cup in Brazil and that which almost caused the country to miss out on the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup are still very fresh in our memories.

Without discipline and commitment, the desire to reorganise the Super Eagles will be an exercise in futility.

The NFF must therefore make it very clear who is in charge here by slamming Enyeama hard on Tuesday when he appears before the disciplinary committee.

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This country made Enyeama who he is today and he must now be brought down from his high horse and made to know in very clear terms he is not above the country and laid down rules.

It would be recalled that coach Samson Siasia shut out Enyeama leading up to the decisive 2012 AFCON qualifier at home against Guinea. Nigeria eventually did not get the win they needed to qualify for the 2012 AFCON after Enyeama’s replacement Dele Aiyenugba was beaten twice in a 2-2 draw in Abuja.

Enyeama is today the most capped Nigeria international with 101 appearances, but rather than celebrate this milestone, he is now being asked to defend his irresponsible behaviour.

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Without a doubt, Enyeama was a class act when the Eagles won a third AFCON title in South Africa two years ago and he proved his worth again at the World Cup in Brazil for the country to get past the group stage for only the third time.

But even these exploits do not give him a license to act so irresponsibly with an outburst that could have grave implications on the unity of this country.

It is now expected that he will be handed a lengthy ban from the national team so as to serve as a deterrent to others who have for long deluded themselves into believing they are untouchable and bigger than Nigeria.

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