Sports-lover and commentator Godwin Dudu Orumen, has waded into the debate surrounding the swift retirement of Super Eagles’ goal-keeper Vincent Enyeama and striker Emmanuel Emenike from national duty within three weeks, blaming the media for the whole ‘noise’ which has accompanied the developments which he termed “sentimental and unnecessary”.
“In this part of the world, we are overly sentimental, especially about football. The life-span of a player in the national team is eight to 10 years. You have to be exceptional to stay in the national team beyond 10 years.
“If Enyeama feels that it is time for him to retire, he is free. Emenike, on the other hand, has not scored for Nigeria since 2013. There are younger players who can take up the challenge, why are we making all these non-issues national issues?” Orumen wondered.
The football critic and CEO of Multi Sports Service & Entertainment, blamed the nation’s sporting media for the prolonged debate on the retirement of players from the national team.
“Alan Shearer quit the national team and decided to concentrate on club football and no one bothered him. The sporting media in this country is guilty of spending so much time on what is, otherwise, an ordinary issue.
“Enyeama’s retirement was all over the place, because we allowed Super Eagles’ captains to deify themselves, whereas they are not even best among their equals.
“For all the years he spent in the national team, Enyeama had no competition and this made him feel, indispensable, even though he is an average goal-keeper. That is my honest opinion. If Enyeama has retired, the coach has to move on to ‘Plan B’; there are no two ways to it.”
Orumen cited examples in the history of the team when being ‘benched’ or ‘stripped of the captaincy’ meant nothing special.
“Let me take you back to 1983, when Gboyega Onigbinde took over the national team. He retired eight out-field players; goalie Best Ogendegbe, right-back David Adiele, left-back Kadiri Ikhana, left-back Okey Isima, centre-back Tunde Bamidele, centre-back Alloysius Atuegbu, striker Ifeanyi Onyedika and Felix Owolabi, yet the heavens did not fall.
“We need to stop trying to make our players feel more important than they are. Why should we encourage them to do what they do not do in their clubs by bringing indiscipline and total insubordination into the team?
“Honestly, Emenike is not the man of the moment and, rightfully, Oliseh told him to go play in a more competitive league if he wants to get a proper look-in or risk being left out of his plan.
“We do not give a coach responsibility without authority to act. It is his [Oliseh’s] prerogative; let him make his decision and, if at the end of the day we fail to qualify, we fire him. We are at liberty to put opinions across, but we need to stop making laughable issues out of them.”
Orumen insisted that, whatever happens in the team presently, will ensure that younger ones come through the ranks to take their place in the team, so as to entrench themselves and lead the team’s attack line.
“People are crying over Enyeama’s retirement. Was he not there when we failed to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup? He conceded cheap goals in the qualifiers, to the shock of many. He is at liberty to go as much as the team is at liberty to move on.
“If anyone is going, the NFF must organise a testimonial to say ‘thank you for a job well done’. We must not continue to harangue the coach, because he appointed a different person as skipper. It is no one’s birth-right.”
Orumen also wondered why many had thought it fit for the coach to have consulted the former skipper before handing the captain’s band to someone else.
“Why should Oliseh have consulted him? What nonsense is that? Segun Odegbami was captain of the Super Eagles from 1980- to 1982, but he was stripped of his captaincy aboard the flight to Libya and it was given to Mudashiru Lawal. Odegbami did not scream blue murder; he took it in his stride, knowing he was not the only one called to serve the nation.
“How can you have discipline when everything which happens in the team goes first on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Hell, no; the NFF has to put a stop to all that,” Orumen said.
– My interview on Leadership Newspapper
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