Ex-international Adegoke Adelabu says bringing him back might be counter-productive for Nigeria. Vincent Enyeama. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
Former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu has kicked against plans by team manager, Gernot Rohr to recall former goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama to the fold ahead the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFCON qualifiers.
Enyeama announced his retirement from the Super Eagles in October 2015 following a conflict with former handler coach Sunday Oliseh.
Adelabu, who played for the then IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan, told The Guardian yesterday that the best thing to do is to leave Enyeama out of the team saying: “The issue of multiple captains could bring personality clash into the team, and in a way, cause serious damage to our qualification.
Speaking further, Adelabu, a former manager of Eko United FC of Lagos, said: “We have to be pragmatic in our approach to football development by seeing the future in our players so that we will not find ourselves in a similar situation next time. Proper organisation and approach to the game will indicate when a player has outlived his usefulness or importance in the national team no matter how well they are doing in their clubs.
Adelabu is of the opinion that giving various individuals equal opportunity will make the national team competitive.
“We don’t only have to struggle to win every game but we have to learn to prepare for the future by making use of available players and goalkeepers. I’m sure if the available goalkeepers are given the appropriate instructions and opportunities they will do well. On the whole, our nation is too big and we are too many to be looking for national team players. Not only do we have numerical strength, we also have numerous sporting talents, and all we need is prudent management of our human resources and human capital,” he stated.