BY JUDE OPARA, Abuja
As Nigerian soccer analysts continue to comment on the double header international friendlies against Congo last Thursday and Cameroon on Sunday in Belgium, a former member of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Senator Obinna Ogba says the 3-0 win over Cameroon has saved Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Oliseh from critics and Nigerian football fans.
Ogba who is also the proprietor of Ebonyi Angels told journalists in Abuja that Super Eagles 2-0 defeat by Congo in the first match was due largely to the disagreement between Oliseh and former team captain, Vincent Enyeama. He observed that the fracas affected the Super Eagles.
He therefore advised Oliseh and the NFF not to destroy what was on ground before his arrival.
According to him, the outcome of the two friendlies has shown that Enyeama is still relevant in the senior national team.
“We appreciate that Oliseh has said he is building a new team but he should also remember that he must not destroy what he met on ground.
Both the coach and the NFF must remember that we still need Enyeama, there are no two ways about it. Afterall, most of his mates are still playing.
“Enyeama is very much relevant in the national team, and I want to state that I don’t support Oliseh for that decision.
Anything that should be done to bring back the first choice goalkeeper must be done because we cannot afford to miss out of the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).”
However, the lawmaker expressed his confidence that given the zeal with which the Super Eagles approached the game against arch rivals, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon which resulted in an emphatic 3-0 victory, that the next AFCON qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt will be a victory for Nigeria.