Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has decided to retire from the Super Eagles following the revelation that coach Sunday Oliseh had chosen for Ahmed Musa to captain the side, rather than the veteran keeper.
Enyeama walked out of the squad on Thursday ahead of their friendly international against DR Congo in Belgium, which they subsequently lost 2-0, handing Oliseh his first defeat in charge of the Nigerian national team.
First half goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and Jordan Nkololo were enough to hand the Congolese a victory over the Nigerians, with Enyeama’s decision to retire taking centre stage on the day.
The goalkeeper, who plays for Lille in the French Ligue 1 recently became his country’s most capped player with 101 appearances for the Super Eagles, having replaced former captain Joseph Yobo in 2014.
Announcing his decision to retire, he took to his Instagram account and said: “I am no longer Nigeria captain or goalkeeper nor available for Nigeria duty. I fought a good fight for 13 years, but now I have finished my course.”
Speaking to BBCSport he added, “It’s been the most difficult period of my life, losing my mother and the emotion. After playing for the Super Eagles for 13 years, you never think that it would end like this but the time [to retire from international football] has come.”
“There is never a good time to leave but I will always be a fan of the Super Eagles and Nigerian football,” the keeper concluded.
Having begun his international career for the Super Eagles with a debut against Kenya in 2002, the goalkeeper became a maintain for the national team, quickly developing into a leader who was key to their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title victory.