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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.