Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has slammed calls for head coach Gernot Rohr to include veteran goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in his plans for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
There have been clamours for Enyeama o return to the side ahead of the Mundial this summer after first-choice keeper Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last year.
Rohr has since kept faith with young Deportivo La Coruna keeper Francis Uzoho, Enyimba star Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Chippa United shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi, but unconvincing displays in recent games have led the German coach turn to out-of-favour shot-stopper Enyeama.
But in an interview Thursday, Pinnick said Rohr would decide if he wants the France-based keeper, who has yet to feature for Les Dogues since he returned from a knee injury five months ago.
“All the other goalkeepers deserve to be in posts (for the World Cup), (Francis) Uzoho, for one, is doing well,” SCORENigeria quoted the NFF boss as saying in a television interview.
“This could well be the big break for one of the other goalkeepers.
“But in the end it’s Rohr’s call to invite Enyeama, it’s his own responsibility.”
The NFF boss said goalkeeping coach Alloy Agu would be in South Africa to train the much-vilified Akpeyi.
“Alloy Agu is on his way to train Akpeyi at Chippa United,” Pinnick said.
“The other trainer (Pionetti) is in Spain with Uzoho on special permission of his club.
“We also expect such for Dele Alampasu and Ezenwa.”