What’s the score? Odemwingie launches more blistering Twitter attacks on Super Eagles coach and ex-players

by Rachel Ogbu

Since Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi decided to leave Peter Odemwingie out of his Africa Cup of Nations squad, there has been a lot of debate – going back and forth on the issue.

Odemwingie claims he is not affected by the coach’s decision but the reasons behind it are evidently still unsettling for the West Brom striker.

In an angry outburst on Twitter early this week, the 31-year-old claimed he was dropped because he often speaks his mind.

Then on Christmas Day, while many spent time with their family, Odemwingie took to Twitter again to continue to react to comments about not making the cut.

Today, December 26, the player is at it agaib, using his Twitter account to launch a more blistering attack on the Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles coach.

Peter Odemwingie‏@OdemwingieP:

 Ok Victor e don reach ur turn – talking about professionalism huh- did u have any business in the dressing room during game against guinee?

Ur handshake could have been back luck to me cos you have prejudged opinion about me. Coach and his team only in dressing room please !!!

 If u had coaching talent u would at least be one by now. That means you don’t know much about the game. Means don’t be a adviser to FF

u want me to be mature ? Ur interview that me and Mikel shouldn’t be in the national team ? Shouldn’t u leave that to the coach to say?

I heard ur story oh. How hot tempered u where as a player. They said far worse than me. I might have done few little mistakes but Little!

He went on to dig up the past:

Keshi told the BBC World Service on Monday that he is not bothered by Odemwingie’s reaction.

“I don’t even have a Facebook or Twitter account so it doesn’t bother me at all. Nigeria is blessed with a lot of good players and we cannot invite every player,”  he said.

“There’s nothing personal about this stuff. Odemwingie is a very good player but right now I don’t need him.

“He’s a professional and he should be able to accept that.

“Nigeria is blessed with a lot of good players and we cannot invite every player.

“We’re not in a war with anybody, we’re just trying to do our job.”

Odemwingie, who played at the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 Nations Cups, had accused Keshi of disrespect by not informing him personally of his decision.

“It’s clear now that my days with the Super Eagles are over.

“I was warned that they were going to find a reason to push me away when the chance came.

“I still love my country and care about the football but I already wasn’t feeling the way I would have liked to feel.”

Comments (11)

  1. Osaze, please talkless because of your fans. The more you talk the more you loose the confidence of your fans. If they say you are not good enough, go to the field of play and prove yourself as you have done before. The world cup is coming up very soon. So don't close the door for your fans. We know you are annoyed but you are following the wrong part by engaging these people on twitter messages. Cool your mind because the best is yet to come. If Kesh refused to invite you, another coach may come in and invite you. So be it.

  2. osazie i luv d spirit… It shows dat u value d national team and wud wish 2b der despite d usually anticipated fall of it. It shows dat no matter d outcome whether good or bad. U are willin 2b considered a nigerian player. Wot ever d reason, it shows ur passion. All d best dear… But den, i still advocate 4 diplomacy.

  3. Good players must good in character. Osasi try to change not for today but tommorow, note that siasia is a player before he became coach, then keshi is a player before he becoming coach.

  4. In life, you reap whatever you sow. All the former players osaze is attacking are reaping what they sowed in the past. Surely, Osaze will reap is own when the time comes. Very good to be outspoken.

  5. Easy my young man. There is life after death. Big Boss was a good player yesterday, today is the national coach.

  6. Yeah Peter is a fgood player, his pettiness cost us our appearance @ AFCON 2012. No smart coach would forget that in a hurry cos in order to deal wit Siasia himself and Enyeama made d while country suffer non appearance. But unlike Vincent he alone has remained adamant

  7. Osaze played from his heart.
    Would always give him that respect.

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