Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike and Chelsea’s Kenneth Omeruo, have reportedly dropped out of Wednesday’s Mandela Challenge clash against Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Durban.
Dayo Enebi Achor, Super Eagles team official, said, that Emenike is highly valued in Turkey and “has requested that he be allowed to settle well at the club and the coaches have obliged him.” Omeruo, is said to have had a relapse and has been ordered by his club doctors at Chelsea for a proper examination.
Reacting to the development, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi said he had replaced the two big players with his invitation of the South African- based Nigerian central defenders- Gege Soriola and Chippa United’s James Okwuosa, to prosecute the match.
“We also need to start grooming new defenders who are promising for upcoming challenges and we found the two players invited satisfactory,” Keshi said.
Keshi also said Emenike, the AFCON’s goal machine, has a lot of challenges at his new club, hence his consideration by the national team.
The Eagle Coach promised that Emenike would be active during the world cup qualifying series of the Eagles.
“We will need him in the World Cup qualifiers, but he has a lot of things to do at his new club and we must give him that opportunity. But I must say we are in good contact and we are happy with the way things are going with our top players in the transfer market,” Keshi said.
The Eagles are expected to arrive South Africa on Sunday night in preparation for their clash against Bafana Bafana.
Meanwhile, the committee probing the recent bonus row in the Super Eagles has recommended a win bonus of $5,000-a-man and a formal code of conduct to be signed by all players in the national team.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are no longer in a position to pay $10,000 each for a win and that is why the committee has recommended we should revert to the status quo of $5,000 before the 2010 World Cup Presidential Task Force supplemented the bonus,” MTN Football quoted a top official of the NFF.
The said code of conduct which would be presented to the ministry of sports next week will clearly spell out what is expected of both players and the NFF.