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Enyeama: I never bribed my way into Eagles’ team

Former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama has said he has never been approached or attempted to pay to be in the national team throughout his 13 year international career, The SportsBay.com reports.

He also said he couldn’t deny or verify the allegations leveled against Stephen Keshi led technical crew that bribes were asked from some players to be included in the country’s team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It will be recalled that former internationals, Taiye Taiwo and Chinedu Ogbuke recently made the allegations that they were approached by a member of the technical crew asking for bribes.

“I have not been a victim,” he noted. “I have not experienced it. God has always been my strength. My talent has always been there to see me through also. I can’t put my foot down, sincerely, to say that there has not been that thing, or there has been that thing.”

He added that some of the players that won the 2013 AFCON for Nigeria may have been dropped from the team to the World Cup in Brazil due to a loss of form or injuries according to Channels.

“If you consider the present form,” he said, “you might not want to take the same team. Not because they won AFCON, they have to be in the team for the World Cup,” he said.

Enyeama further said he does not have issues with ex-coach of the team, Sunday Oliseh.

Enyeama, 37, unceremoniously quit the Super Eagles in 2015 after a row with the then-coach, Oliseh who had stripped him of the team’s captaincy and handed it over to Ahmed Musa.

There are speculations that the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner is not on a good term with Oliseh since the incident, but Enyeama has brushed aside such claims, saying he has no “problem” with the former Super Eagles skipper.

“I don’t have a problem with Sunday Oliseh. I have heard a whole lot of people say ‘Vincent has a problem with Sunday Oliseh’.”

According to him, the fallout with Oliseh was “a script,” adding that “we all played our part and the movie was done.”

He noted, however, that he “had a lot to offer to the team” before his retirement and revealed that he was invited to the disciplinary board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after the incident.

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