According to reports, Passionate appeals have been made to President Muhammed Buhari to speak to former Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama and West Ham United of England striker, Emmanuel Emenike to return to the national team.
The duo were forced into early retirement from the national team following misunderstandings with former coach, Sunday Oliseh and, Samson Siasia, who replaced Oliseh has since given up on the players after they ruled out their return to the Super Eagles’ squad ahead of the all-important Africa Cup of Nations qualifying ties against Egypt this month in Kaduna.
The senior special assistant to the Katsina State governor on sports, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi, said everything should be done by those concerned to bring back the pair to the fold of the national team.
According to Kurfi, the experience of the duo is still needed in the Super Eagles if Nigeria must qualify for AFCON 2017 in Gabon and,, also do well in the tournament.
“There is no question about the need for Enyeama and Emenike to return to the team.
We need them in the team and, if it means [that] Mr President should call them over the phone, he must do that to ensure that they return to national team. Also, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, should approach them in their clubs and make them see the need to return to the national team. It’ll be great if that is done.
“I don’t think anything should be too much for us to do, as far as bringing back the players is concerned.
I can buy flight tickets to two or three people who will follow me to Europe and beg them on behalf of Nigerians to return to the national team. I’m willing to do that, as far as bringing Enyeama and Emenike back to the national team is concern,” he said.
Kurfi, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Katsina United, also charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should give Samson Siasia all the necessary support he needs to prosecute the double-leg qualifiers against Pharaoh of Egypt.