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Onigbinde Berates Enyeama For Condemning Kaduna

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 3:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuike Chukwu  –  Lagos

Two times Super Eagles Coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has berated the team’s Captain, Vincent Enyeama, for condemning Kaduna as venue of the team’s last 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.

In an interview with Daily Independent on Monday, the coach said that it was not up to Enyeama to determine where the national team would play, saying g it was not even up to him to suggest a venue for the team.

“Is Enyeama an official or a coach? I will never succumb to the debate that Enyeama commented well on Kaduna.

“Have we not been using Kaduna in the past? The issue here is not whether Kaduna is safe or not. His own is to play the game and forget where the match is played. Let me ask you, where did our opponent (Chad) played? Was it not the same Kaduna? I think the player was careless with his condemnation.”

Vincent Enyeama

Vincent Enyeama

The former Eagles coach traced his relationship with Enyeama, saying much as he was one coach that helped to throw the goalkeeper to limelight at the 2002 World Cup, he would not accept that the goalkeeper did well.

“I know my personal relationship with Enyeama. You remember the 2002 World Cup, but despite that, I think Enyeama erred in his utterances.

“When I was appointed in 2002 our team was in shambles. So I decided to build the team around younger players like Enyeama. He is a nice player but what is really his business with where a team plays?

“He has a boss in the national team. Even the coach has a boss, so it was really not up to him to comment on the venue. Agreed, he has every right to air his views, but it is imperative to look at the right and suitable ways to do that.

“I have nothing against Enyeama, as I have said earlier that I have a good relationship with him. He should always restrict himself to playing the game and leave the venue to the managers and the NFF to decide.

“What we are suffering now in our football is lack of youth development policy, which I have been championing for many years. Any player can come and hold the nation to ransom because the country lacks viable football development policy that can ensure unrestricted access to talents.

“This is not about Enyeama or any other player but about what we should do to ensure no player can hold this country to ransom. Tell me, why is it that in a country of over 160 million, we will always depend on oversea-based players for our national team?

“Believe me, we will continue to have it wrong until we do the needful and bring on youth development policy. I have been in the vanguard of this for many years.”