The Media Officer of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Toyin Ibitoye has explained why coach Gernot Rohr wants Vincent Enyeama back into the team ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Rohr and his men are in Krasnodar, Russia preparing for Tuesday evening’s friendly international against Argentina as part of the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ibitoye spoke with Channels Television about issues surrounding the national team, last Friday’s World Cup qualifiers against Algeria among others.
He said, “We all know Vincent and his pedigree. He’s world class, one of Africa’s best, has experience from three World Cup tournaments and has won Man of the Match awards in World Cup games.
“So if he’s available, I’m sure the coach will be amenable to inviting him for the World Cup party.
“All of these is dependent on Vincent rescinding his decision to quit international football. For someone who’s had 100 caps for Nigeria, I’m not sure you can shut the door of the national team on a player like that if he’s available and willing to play.
“As for Vincent Enyeama, his issue has been on for a long while and coach Gernot Rohr has made it very clear that he’s open to Vincent’s return if he rescinds his decision to quit the team and makes himself available for selection. He’s presently injured and in rehabilitation but gradually getting back into shape.
“ If he gets back and finds a club, plays regularly for his club and makes himself available for selection, then he would be invited.”