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We are not aware of Emenike’s retirement – NFF

BY – JUDE OPARA
ABUJA – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Tuesday reacted to the resignation of Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike from the national team by stating that they were yet to get any official communication from the player in that regard.

The news was the talk of the town in football circles after the power striker reportedly posted on his Instagram page that he has called it a day with the national team.

A file picture taken on February 6, 2013 shows Nigeria's forward Emmanuel Emenike celebrating after scoring a goal during the 2013 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match Mali vs Nigeria in Durban. Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike on October 20, 2015 announced his retirement from international football, after a barren spell in front of goal.    AFP PHOTO
A file picture taken on February 6, 2013 shows Nigeria’s forward Emmanuel Emenike celebrating after scoring a goal during the 2013 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match Mali vs Nigeria in Durban. Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike on October 20, 2015 announced his retirement from international football, after a barren spell in front of goal. AFP PHOTO

But reacting to the development, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said the federation has not received any official correspondence from Emenike in that regard adding that the NFF will not comment on an issue based on what was posted on the social media.

However, Sanusi added that the federation reorganizes the fact that it is the right of any player to play or not to play for the national team.

“I just heard of it but there is no official confirmation from the player in question, so for us it is mere speculation. However, I also agree that it is the right of any player to play or not to. Our concern as a federation is how to build a formidable team for Nigeria.”

Sanusi who refused to draw comparison with the recent retirement of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama added that the NFF will not discuss issues of players and coaches in the media but added that the way to go for the coaches is to have two or three players for each position in case of any eventuality.

Recall that former captain, Vincent Enyeama recently announced his exit from the Super Eagles following the disagreement he had with Coach Sunday Oliseh over the team’s captaincy.


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