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Oliseh says Emmanuel Emenike is not irreplaceable

11 November 2015, 18:54

Abuja - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has said Al-Ain of UAE striker Emmanuel Emenike is not irreplaceable following the striker's retirement from international football last month.

The 28-year old striker had announced his retirement from international football just two weeks after former captain Vincent Enyeama also retired, leading to concerns there were some problems in the team.

But Oliseh, speaking for the first time since Emenike's retirement, says the player did well for Nigeria, but maintains he isn't irreplaceable.

Also read: Emenike announces international retirement

"Emenike served Nigeria well and I believe he thought about it well before making the decision to retire and we wish him all the best.

"But like I have said from the beginning, he isn't irreplaceable, nobody is. Only Nigeria is irreplaceable.

"We have had great players; in fact the greatest players Africa has ever seen were produced by Nigeria. They retired and Nigeria did not die but we should thank him for what he has done for Nigeria," he posited.

The Super Eagles play the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland in a two-pronged 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday in Mbabane and next Tuesday in Port Harcourt.

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