Oliseh, Pinnick Expresses Shock As Emenike Quits On Instagram

The sudden resignation of Super Eagles’ striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has left Coach Sunday Oliseh in a state of shock.


Oliseh explained that he still cannot phantom what could have gone wrong that the player had to throw in the towel at the team.

He said: “It’s a big surprise and shock to all of us to hear of his resignation. Eh, Come on! You know me better than that. There is no water to that story and it did not emanate from me. I’ve not spoken to anybody (Journalist) concerning the team. I was surprised when I read the story attributed to me.”

“Immediately, I called him but he did not pick his call and the Team’s scribe Dayo Enebi Acho also called him without success.

“I’m shocked and surprised. We had no issues and he had played four times since I took over the team. He’s a great player,’’ Oliseh lamented.

Also, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chairman, Amaju Pinnick is totally dismayed by the news of Emenike’s resignation on Instagram.

“We(NFF) have not been contacted officially but I’m shocked because Emenike has been a major factor of success for the team. Players have the right to quit but I think that they should do it in a civil manner.”

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

The NFF boss also reiterated the fact that discipline should be instilled in the team. “This is one of the reasons why we have to implement the code of conduct. Things should be done the right way. But, we have absolute confidence in Oliseh. He is in charge and determines players to be invited,’’ Amaju concluded.

Emenike took to his Instagram page on Monday October 19, 2015 to announce his withdrawal from the senior national team.