AFCON 2015 Qualifier: Enyeama to join team October

Vincent Enyeama

The Super Eagles number one goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has said he will return to the team in time for another round of qualifiers in October.

The team’s assistant captain, according to Coach Stephen Keshi, had pulled out of the qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa to attend to some pressing family problems.

In a chat with journalists on Thursday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Enyeama said he would be fully back to action in October.

“I will be open to the games in October. It’s my pleasure to represent Nigeria and so I won’t say no to Nigeria,” said Enyeama.

On Keshi’s return as coach of the Super Eagles, Enyeama said, “This helps for continuity and unity. I’m so thrilled he is back on board. Nigerians should support the team. We want to defend our title in Morocco.”

After a disappointing series of negotiations with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Keshi had final reached an agreement with the Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo to coach the team for the qualifiers.

Enyeama, who was replaced by David Obiozor, a Nigeria Premier league Goalkeeper, for the Congo and South Africa qualifiers, wished the team all the best.

“I therefore wish them the very best against Congo on Saturday. I hope it will be an easy game, they will not struggle and we will win well,” he said.

Nigeria will face Congo on Saturday at the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar at 5 p.m.


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  • Sanmi Falae

    Very credible leads, madam. But I hope am wrong, Mr Buhari’s presidency is likely to be REACTIVE rather than PROACTIVE – when it should be a right balance between the two. Reactivity will turn his change revolution into a mere slogan or kill it off as its supporting administrative bureaucracy would be too heavy laden or pedantic. You can’t put new wine -CHANGE- in an old wineskin-CHANGE INFRASTRUCTURE. I expected APC to know that and to have constructed the infrastructure it would use to facilitate its change agenda, so that by now they would have installed it and overseeing the jigsaw that it fits perfectly together. I hope their agenda of ‘change’ is not merely about processes and procedures. Interestingly, David Cameron (UK Prime Minister) appointed a task force to implement his policies thus by passing the civil service because they get nothing done on time! First week in office, Mr Buhari hasn’t even got a cabinet, let alone policies to implement. Not impressed.

    • Akiika

      He needs the 8th assembly to sanction any appointed minister. I think the policies have been out there.

    • Altine

      I guess all know is to speaak English, otherwise u’d have used ur head to know that things happen sequentially. How do u expect a cabinet to just pop up like that!

  • Akiika

    Wow! smart alec! why aren’t you appointed special adviser on loopholes?
    Keep screaming, PMB will see it one day.
    Good job madam.

  • otitokoro

    Brilliant ideas I must say. So cerebral, so beautiful lol!

  • Open-secrets beautifully assembled in a piece. It points out to the non-negotiability of the best minds in the cabinet of this new government and, like a chain of seasoned heads, that cabinet becomes a link with the several units of administration in different sectors of the country: National Assembly, ministries, public service, etc. The need for a good head to nominate another good head under him, until the process filters down. The good governance we envisage under Buhari can never be realized unless with this chain of good heads who can drive the necessary reforms. It might be difficult to change the mindset of everyone in every administrative unit in the country. But such a change can be driven by just one good and efficient head of each administrative unit of governance, big or small. So much work and thinking ahead of this new government. But it can be done.

    Secondly, as a matter of urgency, clearer and transparent dealings must be made compulsory in all sectors of public administration. I’m talking about enforcing structures like freedom of information, open means of reviewing daily dealings in public administration, more direct links/rapport between the public and agencies like the EFCC/ICPC and all other agencies that ensure best practices in public administration, and several whistleblower initiatives. These information and prosecuting structures are necessary to break open the strong forte of bad administration and outright stealing by creating transparent ambiences in public administration. Bad stuff, as always, thrive under the cover of anonymity and darkness.

    Thirdly, all above need the support of a renewed and empowered justice system. In situations where anomalies in public administration and governance are noticed but perpetrators of such are not brought to book and instantly too, no meaningful change nor reforms can be effected.

    In one word, from its sick bed, the Nigerian State is beckoning to this new government for an astute show of moral strength and political courage. It needs both to drive necessary and urgent reforms.

  • Dodon Doya

    Madam this is a brilliant write-up and the suggestions are quite sound. I hope PMB will take appropriate action. However, I would like to draw your attention that there is nothing wrong with the envelop budget rather the system has been abused/subverted for corrupt reasons. Given Nigeria’s disregard to laid down procedures and lack of accountability whatever budget system is put in place cannot produce the desired results. Many countries practise the envelop budgeting resulting in enhanced budgetary outcomes. It is just like in the education sector 7-5-2-3 (up to 1985 or so) and now 6-3-3-4 but look at the rate of mass failure in exams.

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  • New Nigerian

    ..Brilliant piece on plugging revenue generation holes and bring efficiency into the system. The move to accrual-based cash call as opposed to cash-sharing based on budgetary numbers would also help tremendously. There is also the need to harvest stolen common wealth, estimated at $280billion+ (From subsidy scam, oil theft, un-remitted revenues, whole-sale theft of budgetary allocations, etc) back into the treasury of the federal republic..there is an urgency to do that…

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    Bamidele, you not only have a beautiful face but a smart brain to match that. I don’t see how to fault this article. It is an uphill task and politicians and civil servants will fight very hard against any policy that will make these reforms come true. However, surmounting those challenges is what will make or mar Buhari’s administration and his promised change.