Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is devastated over the demise of his mother, which prevented him from honouring Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday.
He said: “I was completely devastated on hearing of the death of my mum that my mind went blank, it was totally unexpected. I immediately told my coach at Lille in France and he informed the club management and they immediately called me to sympathise with me.
“I also called up Coach Sunday Oliseh to tell him about it and I also called Dayo Enebi to tell him about my situation that I am not really sure I am strong enough to make the game.
“I asked Dayo to tell the NFF President, Pinnick and he said no since we didn’t want to disclose the situation but I could not call new goalkeeper Coach Alloy Agu because I do not have his number.
“I communicated with them as they tried to persuade me to come and I guess that was when they bought my flight ticket to Nigeria but eventually I could not make it”.
“My mind can’t just make it, this is a crucial game and I am not psychologically strong enough and can’t jeopardise our chances.
“How can I be fighting my superiors when the body of my mum is still cold, these things don’t happen to you daily, its not a normal challenge. I thought I have notified those I am supposed to because that was the normal procedure.
“We deal with the coaches so it’s not about calling the federation president but informing your coaches. I am sorry for what ever inconveniences all these might have caused but right now football is the last thing on my mind.
“Losing my mum is the worst thing to have ever happened to my life and I have never travelled this road before, I am too sure that my commitment to Nigeria is 100 per cent and I respect my superiors”.