Vincent Enyeama: How French Club Lille Sacked Former Super Eagles’ Star By SMS


New Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa has told former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and 10 others that their services will no longer be needed by the club.

The French club’s new Argentine boss has sent messages to the ex-international saying he is no longer part of his plans. Vincent Enyeama, who played 101 times for the Super Eagles, only signed a new deal with the club last season.

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Enyeama, who joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances, welcomed the signing of Koffi last month. Just on Monday, Enyeama had tweeted a picture of himself with some of the other outcast saying, “Always a pleasure to be back with the team”.

Other players affected are Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu, Tunisia’s Naim Sliti, Ivory Coast’s Junior Tallo, Montenegro’s Marko Basa, France duo of Rio Mavuba and Marvin Martin, Portuguese Eder Palmieri, Marko Basa, Éric Bauthéac and Lenny Nangis.

Reacting to the development, Ivory Coast’s Junior Tallo told French Newspaper L’Equipe

“As for me, I’m under contract. I will respect the two years I have left. I’m in no hurry.

“I want to establish myself at Lille. “It’s the club that wants me to leave. We’ll see if they find a solution between now and the end of the transfer window. I’m calm. It’s a bit bizarre, but I’m handling it OK.

“I was informed like the others, by text. We’re under contract, the club does what it wants.

“We would have liked to have had a discussion. But it’s a business choice made by the bosses.”

The club has already made some summer signings including Burkina Faso international goalkeeper Herve Koffi following Lille’s disappointing 11th place finish in Ligue 1 last season.

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But the African quartet, former captain Rio Mavuba, Eder, Julian Palmieri, Marko Basa, Éric Bauthéac, Lenny Nangis and Marvin Martin have been ordered to stay away from the rest of the squad as pre-season started on 3 July.

34-year-old Vincent Enyeama joined Lille in June 2011 and has played 164 games.

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