By Nurudeen Obalola:
A fresh twist has been added to the clash of egos between Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama after the latter hinted that the former disrepected his (Enyeama’s) late mother.
Enyeama was initially thrown out of the team’s camp in Belgium on Tuesday night following a confrontation with Oliseh, but intervention from senior players and Nigeria Football Federation officials got the goalkeeper reinstated.
With the recall of Enyeama, who was said to be riled by the announcement of Ahmed Musa as the team captain ahead of himself, the matter appeared to have been resolved as the Eagles planned for the friendly matches with DR Congo and Cameroon on Thursday and Sunday.
But the Lille goalkeeper took to social media platform Instagram on Wednesday to cryptically tell his own side of the story, without really giving too much away.
“After 13 years of national service, having these smiles on my face and this passion in my heart,” Enyeama wrote, channelling the inner poet in him while seemingly pouring out his heart.
“Through the billows, the waves of the ocean, the tears, the sound of rejoicing from victory chants.”
Having gone through the flowery ‘introduction’, Enyeama then went in hard, making very strong allegations without actually mentioning names.
Apparently, he was threatened with utter humiliation by Olisen and his late mother, who he buried on Saturday and could be at the centre of the whole situation since her unfortunate passing in September, came into the picture in the heat of the confrontation.
“Now the thought of being stripped naked and security agents throwing me out breaks me completely,” Enyeama wrote, accompanying the statement with several crying emoticons.
“I will take anything but not insult to my dead mother.”
More emoticons indicating a crying person closed the Instagram message.
Incidentally, Enyeama missed Oliseh’s first matches in charge of the Super Eagles in September because his mum died days before the games, an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania and a friendly with Niger.