Earlier on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, reports had emerged of Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike’s retirement from the national team.
His retirement which was announced on Instagram was linked by many to a report by AfricanFootball.com and some other media agencies about plans by Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh to dump the under-performing striker for the national team’s World Cup qualifier against Swaziland in November 2015.
Speaking to ESPN, Oliseh revealed that he had not even discussed his squad for the game with his assistants yet. According to the former Super Eagles skipper, the report was just a figment of someone’s imagination.
“I don’t know where they got that information from, as my coaches and I had not even discussed the coming squad yet.
“Our focus for now has been on the CHAN qualifiers against Burkina Faso. It is only after that is out of the way that we planned to decide on the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Swaziland,” he explained.
Emenike scored 9 goals in 37 appearances for the Super Eagles.