Coach Siasia says the NFF will rule on Enyeama's future

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia says he has accepted goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama's apology

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia says he has accepted goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama's apology after the duo rowed about the team's mode of travel to Madagascar early this month.

However Siasia added that Enyeama's future with the Super Eagles now rests with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Enyeama has apologised for the row that led to him being dropped the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar.

Siasia stressed at the time that his act of indiscipline was totally unacceptable, while Enyeama insisted that his concerns were 'completely misunderstood'.

"I have accepted the apology. I have nothing against him as an individual," Siasia said.

"It was very unfortunate that the incident happened before our departure to Madagascar.

"Sincerely, I dropped the player because I was afraid of his state of mind before such an important match.

"It was a sensitive case yet the right thing to do to avert it spilling over and affecting the morale of the squad.

"But it is now left for the federation to decide on his [Enyeama's] future with the team."

Despite concerns being raised in a section of the media over his team's spirit after the 3-1 defeat to Argentina in a friendly, Siasia said his focus is on the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The battle for the ticket to the Nations Cup from Group B will be decided on the final day.

The Super Eagles will need to beat visiting Guinea 1-0, or by a two-goal margin if the Syli Nationale score, if they are to top the group on the head-to-head record between the two.

"Our main focus for now is not beating the Syli Nationale of Guinea, but to beat them silly," said Siasia, who will release his list of call-ups for the crucial qualifier next week.

"We want a convincing win, so we need to beat them by as many as three clear goals.

"We have to prepare well and find a way to win convincingly to earn the sole group ticket."