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Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has described the retirement of Emmanuel Emenike from the national team as a big shocker to him as well as the squad. Speaking recently to Brilla FM, the ex Nigeria international said he is yet to come to terms with the decision of the Al Ain forward whom he has included in the rebuilding plan. He added that all efforts to hear from the horse’s mouth has proved abortive.
“It was a big shocker for us and a big shocker for me personally… personally, I still don’t accept that he has retired because officially I have not heard anything from him and I don’t think the Federation have also heard from him; only what we know is what was posted on social media,” “I have made him (Emenike) part of our rebuilding process; in fact, he has had more playing time than any striker we have had, so I am very very surprised that he has decided to retire,”
 “He has not reached me but I have called him twice, because immediately I heard this, first I thought it was all these lies on social media so I called him twice yesterday (Tuesday), I am expecting a return call from him, it is when I hear from him that I would fully accept that he is retiring.”

“He is a man. If a man chooses to retire, it should be his decision; if you force him back it could be counterproductive…If truly he retires, then it is a shame because we have him pretty much in our rebuilding plan. Be that as it may, I have always said only one thing is irreplaceable and that is Nigeria itself; we are all replaceable and that is it.” He affirmed.



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