By John Egbokhan
Enyimba coach, Kadiri Ikhana has said the decision of Al Ain striker, Emmanuel Emenike to quit playing for the Super Eagles can create disorder in the national team. scorer stunned the football world yesterday, when he announced his retirement from international scene, citing the need to avoid insults as one of the reasons he quit.
“I am no longer a Super Eagles player. It has always been my pleasure to play and win for the team.
I am proud of my successful years with the team and I am pleased to call it off at this point in order to avoid insults.” Emenike posted on his Instragram account.
His retirement is coming barely few weeks after captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama called it quits with the Super Eagles, after an altercation with Coach Sunday Oliseh in Belgium, leaving many people to connect both retirements to the perceived managerial approach of the new Eagles manager.
And speaking yesterday to Sports Vanguard, Ikhana, who once coached Enyeama during his time at Enyimba, has faulted the timing of Emenike’s retirement, noting that it was capable of creating a disorder in the team.
Ikhana said: “Two players retiring from the national team can bring disorder into the team because both were leading stars, respected by their teammates. It is not too good for us, especially, the sudden nature of Emenike’s decision.
“What I find worrisome in this is the manner it came. It came without notice. The proper thing that footballers do is to serve six months or a year’s notice of their retirement, so that the team can start planning for their departure. If he did it that way, it is understandable. But not the way he went about it. It leaves so much to be desired”, added the Champions League winning coach with Enyimba.
Responding to a question on if Emenike was acting on Oliseh’s tip-off to drop him from Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifying match with Swaziland, Ikhana said “Oliseh’s comment is not enough to make Emenike quit, after all, the coach has every right to invite who he wants in the team and Emenike has had his own chance and should allow others to have their opportunity.
“If his club coach drops him from the team, is he going to quit? He is an experienced player, who should have better ways to handle tissues and I am sure he has one problem or the other bothering him”, added Ikhana.