Siasia hints at Enyeama, Emenike’s return to Super Eagles

Vincent Enyeama

Super Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia, has hinted that ex-internationals, Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike, could be reconsidered for the national team.

Enyeama, 33, with over a century of caps, is Nigeria’s most capped player while Emenike, 28, was top scorer at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Both quit the Eagles in October in rather controversial circumstances while Sunday Oliseh was in charge of the team.

But a return to form from the pair as well as change in management could see both players handed an international lifeline.

Enyeama has only conceived once in four games for French side, Lille, including clean sheets against heavyweights, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon, while Emenike scored a brace in his first start for loan-side, West Ham.

And Siasia says the experienced duo could be forced out of retirement in a bid to qualify the nation for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

“We will go for the best legs. I mean players with commitment, to ensure that we qualify ahead of Egypt,” Siasia told newsmen on Friday.

“We will look at the players we believe can help the team, including Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike who retired from the team last year.

“The coaching crew will sit down and make up the list, and the Egyptians must fall as far as we are now in charge.”

Siasia, who will be assisted by Salisu Yusuf, Alloy Agu and Emmanuel Amunike, assured Nigerians that the consortium of coaches put together will do their best to qualify the country for Gabon.

“It is an emergency assignment. If they (the NFF) say we should do the rescue job, we have to do it for the sake of Nigeria,” he promised.

First hurdle for Siasia and his team is a clash with seven-time African champions, Egypt, in March.