NFF has received Emenike’s retirement letter


NFF President, Amaju Pinnick
The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday said it has received the retirement letter of the erstwhile Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who said this during an interview on Brila FM, said it was
unfortunate that Emenike decided to announce his retirement from international football first on the social media before writing the federation.
He said, “It was only yesterday that I got a letter notifying me officially that he (Emenike) wants to retire from international football. Before going to announce on the social media, I think it would have been more appropriate and more respectful to write the federation. It was quite disrespectful that he went to the social media to announce his retirement.
“Emenike contributed immensely to the Eagles. He was the highest goal scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations that we won. His contributions are legendary and we wanted to accord him the kind of privilege and farewell that he deserves. Now that he has gone, what do we do?”
Pinnick also refuted claims that the Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh had failed in man-management.
He absolved Oliseh of any blame in the resignation of the both former captain Vincent Enyeama and Emenike and called for support for the coach saying he is on the right track.
Speaking on the ambition of former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu and former Eagles player Segun Odegbami to contest the FIFA presidency, Pinnick said the NFF would insist on the conditions it had given for endorsing any candidate.
He said the federation expected both aspirants to have agreed between themselves and have one of them step down for the other.
On the search for a new coach for the Super Falcons, Pinnick said the appointment of a new coach for the women’s national team was being delayed because the federation had yet to secure a deal with a sponsor who would pay the salaries of the coach.

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