Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria's most capped player, has quit international football after a meeting with top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Belgium.
Enyeama's decision did not come as a surprise after a falling-out with Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh on Tuesday night following the announcement of CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa as the country's new captain. Earlier, the 33-year-old Lille goalkeeper, who has been Nigeria skipper since Joseph Yobo quit international football last year, vowed "not to walk out on Nigeria".
"Henceforth, there is laid for me a crown which only God can reward me for my 13 years of national service.
"God bless Nigeria. From henceforth, I am no more the captain of the Nigerian senior football team, I am no more the goalie of the team, I am out of the team. I am no more available for international duties. I want to say thank you to every Nigerian fan and supporter worldwide. It's being the most trying period of my life but I know that Nigerians are there for me and God is with me. God bless Nigeria."
In June against Chad, Enyeama won a record-breaking 101 caps to beat a century of appearances compiled by Joseph Yobo last year. The goalkeeper featured in three FIFA World Cups™ and won the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.