RIFT: KESHI TO RECONCILE SHORUNMU, ENYEAMA
Super Eagles' Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has denied knowledge of any animosity and rift between Eagles goalkeeper's trainer, Ike Shorunmu, and France-based keeper, Vincent Enyeama, stressing that he would have easily delth with it if he had noticed it.
Shorunmu's comment that the Super Eagles will not miss Enyeama's services during his rift with Samson Siasia, since Israeli-based keeper, Dele Aiyenugba, was a better replacement, had reportedly infuriated Enyeama, resulting in the acrimony between them during the Eagles' recent brief camping in Abuja ahead of the double international friendly against Botswana and Zambia.
However, reacting to the rift in an exclusive interview with Daily Sunsports in Marrakech, Morocco recently, Keshi pointed out that he did not notice the strained relationship, assuring that as the person in charge of the team, he would handle it. 'Honestly, I did not notice the rift between Ike and Enyeama during the friendly matches.
It may not have been obvious maybe because all the players showed high sense of discipline throughout the duration of our camping. I can tell you that it will be a very small thing for me to handle once I noticed it.
'However, let us not also forget that there will never be a perfect peace anywhere at all times. People who found themselves together are certainly bound to misunderstand one another, but I can assure you that the relationship between Ike and Vincent has not become as bad as you painted it. We are pursuing the same goal of giving Nigerians a Super Eagles they should be proud of and I don't think they would sabotage us with the rift between them,' Keshi noted.
Meanwhile, Shorunmu has dismissed insinuations that he sabotaged the Super Eagles' sacked chief coach, Siasia, by joining the current technical crew, stressing that he did not lobby for the job before Keshi invited him to be part of technical team. Fielding questions from Daily Sunsports in Abuja recently, Shorunmu, said: 'It is not true that I sabotaged Siasia by joining Keshi.
'I didn't appoint myself, it was Keshi who invited me to be part of the team. You can ask him if you are in doubt.
'I'm still very close to Siasia and would never sabotage him.'