Former Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike has insisted his decision to quit international football had nothing to do with coach Sunday Oliseh.
In a recent post on his Instagram page, the Al Ain of Dubai striker announced his retirement from the Nigerian senior national team, saying he will no longer be available for selection.
Speaking to africanfootball.com, Emenike said: “I have absolutely nothing against the coach (Oliseh).
“As for me, I still remain loyal to Coach Sunday Oliseh and I want to believe he understands my decision.
“My decision has nothing to do with the coach, who is a brave man, a technically sound person, my decision has nothing to go against his vision for the Super Eagles.
“Me out of the team will equally ease pressure on the coach and it will enable the younger players to fight harder for the team.”
The 28 year old also threw his weight behind the Super Eagles as they seek to qualify for the 2017 AFCON and 2018 World Cup.
“Nigeria have produced lots of talented goal poacher like Julius Aghahowa, Victor Agali, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Samuel Okwaraji, Obafemi Martins, Ike Uche, Rashidi Yekini just to mention a few. I believe with God on our side, the team will fly higher without Emenike.
“I will be glad to see them qualify for both the AFCON and World Cup in 2018.
“We have lots of good players in the team and more are still coming in to contribute, so I believe the team will get better and stronger as time goes on. The team will be great under Oliseh,” Emenike said.