Ahead of crucial qualifying games of the 2018 World Cup and 2019 African Nations Cup (AFCON), a former Super Eagles technical adviser, Clemens Westerhof, has advised against persuading Vincent Enyeama to return to the national team.
With Carl Ikeme out of the make or break double-header clash against Cameroon, after he was diagnosed with chronic Leukemia, there have been strong voices for the recall of Enyeama from retirement.
But the Dutchman, who guided the Super Eagles to win the 1994 AFCON and also qualify for the World Cup same year, warned that a return of the Lille goalkeeper would not auger well to Nigeria’s quest for the World Cup and Nations Cup tickets.
“No, no, no! Whoever has retired from the national team should not be called back,” he warned passionately.
“Instead, you must have to go with the players you have, who are ready to play. Then you give them confidence.”
Although the Super Eagles sit top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group going into the double-header fixture against Cameroon, Westerhof has told the Eagles must have to prepare for the game of their lives, according to a report in Scorenigeria.
“Nigeria will be playing against Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier at home? Then, they (Nigeria) must have to win.
“At home you must have to win and at away, ensure that you get a draw. With that, the Super Eagles are straight to the World Cup.”
He added: “Cameroon have a good coach, he is from Belgium, I know him very well. He is a no-nonsense man. He brought something significantly new to Cameroon football.
“He displayed the guts to call off the bluff of Cameroonian big players who have had so much money.
“He dropped them and then took young and new players to the Nations Cup.
“He made a good team out of the young players and did well enough to win the Nations Cup and became African champions.
“I think, it will be a tough match against the Super Eagles.
“If you ask me, frankly, it will go either way, a win or a draw, I must say”.
“Nigeria have potential players, it’s the coach who can make them play the way he wants to get result by beating Cameroon.
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