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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Osaze Odemwingie no longer wants to play for Nigeria?

Found this on Supersport.com
Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi has sensationally revealed to supersport.com that West Bromwich Albion star, Osaze Odemwingie wants out of the Super Eagles.
Odemwingie last played for Nigeria in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda on February 29 in Kigali.
Keshi has now revealed that he spoke to the WBA forward a week before Nigeria’s second leg final round 2013 Afcon qualifying game against Liberia on October 13 and that Odemwingie told him that he had decided not to play for Nigeria again.
“I spoke to Osaze before the Liberia game and he told me that he had decided not to play for Nigeria anymore,” Keshi told supersport.com.

The former Togo and Mali national team coach said Odemwingie took the time to explain the reasons for his decision not to play for the Super Eagles again.

“Osaze told me that he has no problems with me as a person and that he took his decision even before I assumed position as national team coach.

“He said he was unhappy at how he was treated in the past in the national team. He explained that prior to Nigeria’s participation at the 2010 Fifa World Cup, he played in all the qualifying games but was dropped at the finals.

“He said he was angry at the treatment meted out to him but did not discuss it with anyone. I told him that was not the best way to handle issues and that if he had already decided not to play for the national team, he should have opened up to me when I invited him to play,” Keshi said.

‘The Big Boss’ went on to reveal that he had an extensive discussion with the striker and tried to explain why things may have gone awry for him at the 2010 mundial.
“I told him that if the (Nigeria) coach (at the 2010 World Cup) benched him, he must have a reason for doing so and that things should have been handled differently.
“I told him that he should have spoken up and let me know. The coach has a reason and you can’t play in every game,” he said.
. On Odemwingie’s future at the international stage, Keshi said he was still ready to accommodate the player in his squad while explaining that the final decision would still lie with the 31-year-old.
“I told him that he has to give me the room to work with him; for us to work together and if he does not like the way I work and the atmosphere in the camp, then he can decide to stop playing.
“Deciding that you don’t want to play for Nigeria because of what happened in the past is not the best.

“I understand his feelings. I think he might change his mind but I really don’t know. The ball is in his court,” Keshi concluded.

Source: Supersports

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let him go to hell!

Anonymous said...

Mtscheeeeeeew!!! Since 2010, yet he kept playing till now, he just used d team for fame

Anonymous said...

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Osaze can go to hell for all I care. His gross indiscipline can not be tolerated in Super Eagles anymore. He fought with all the coaches ( Amodu, Lagerback, Siasia and even Keshi). In fact I don't understand what he wants. Does he wants to be a coach and a player at the same time. He is not even at the level of Kanu Nwankwo yet and his head is growing this big.

KOFOSHY said...

who dey beg am

biko said...

babe pls correct it,2012 African Cup Nation not 2013

Anonymous said...

The article claims osazze last played in 2013 but my calendar is still 2012... And the error continue talking about 2013 all thru.
Naija journalist i hail ooo.

Anonymous said...

TANK GOD!!!!! Tired of all dese old cargos!!! Time 4 yung players 2 takeover no more osaze,yobo,obafemi even enyeama

Anonymous said...

Who knows dis suffer head half breed?since he moved to England he became arrogant but when hunger wan kill am for turkey na him dey first show 4 camp now levels don change e no wan play for naija again. Go away oh Osaze we prefer victor moses.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

He can make do with several seats,like a Lionnel Messi is refusing to play for Nigeria.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

No, it's correct as it is. 2013 AFCON QUALIFIERS!! Not the actual competition!

Anonymous said...

The AFCON is taking place i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ 2013! Moron

Anonymous said...

She said 2013 qualifier match. Read the article again.

Phronesis said...

LMAO!! U guys are mean :( Looool!!

Warri Girl said...

E don use nigeria take shine make way for himself internationally now he doesn't want to play again. Mstweee.

Anonymous said...

Nonsence.2 hell wit him.he is an idiot.Anuofia!!!

uck said...

People are so quick to judge others or see wrong that they even fail to understand somtin as simple as GO or COME!
Article is correct to say AFCON 2013 Qualifiers and not the Competition!

wenger02 said...

Abeg make Osaze go sit don for toilet jor.who beg am?

Anonymous said...

Tsewww.. Since 2010! Diz Dude is Effin so Confused n' Devastated.

Anonymous said...

Smh,but do you blame him?wen keshi too is begging,as naija big reach wit plenty plenty talented young men who wud break deir neck 2mke deir nation proud!they still go back2dese reluctant 1s and expect results.I think sumthin is wrong wit dis keshi sef,Mschewwwwww

Unknown said...

People say things with sentiments and not empathy, Mr peter Osaze ,I respect your decision, you have a right to decide what to with your future,I pray you prosper in the future and make good, please forgive the people who hurt your feeling for Christ sake and God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

SIGN ME UP!!!PLEASE!!! i have good bow legs.Jesse for the National Team!!

Anonymous said...

Na today? I think it's pretty obvious from the last World Cup that a lot of them don't want to play for Nigeria. If the government is cheating them out of their money, they're not the only ones being cheated so if he wants let him go and let us rest *rolls eyes*

Anonymous said...

He is too small to think his absence will stop good things from happening. Pikin wey tak say he too fine for him mama will soon learn say no be every woman fit be mother. Make them start bringing young and talent players to replace all those Grand Pas who 9ja has over pamper joor.

Alicia says... said...

I trust Nigerians to go in on him. Lool. Hilarious

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha! I knew he would lean towards his oyibo inlaws. Whatever man,we wish u luck

Anonymous said...

Let him go! nothing do NAIJA!
When hunger waya am he will return...hehe

Unknown said...

What has he achieved nationally and internationally? Abeg make he go rest, there are boys on the street dying to play for the Green White Green.

Anonymous said...

Let him F off oyinbo that can't speak English.He doesn't know that he has to be an international with certain games under his belt before his licence is considered for renewal.

Anonymous said...

Yeye pikin......lol wetin u dey play sef. Weather u play 4 niger or nt who cares?????? It ur funneral!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Osaze is entitled not to play for Nigeria if he does not want to do that- after all, Nigeria are not the only team in the world and Nigeria is not even what it used to be. It is not as though this guy even owes Nigeria anything anwyay

Anonymous said...

Nonsensical tradadsh....
See flop dey form bad boi... Gerrout joor.

Honest Nigerian said...

To the dolt arguing foolishingly, 2013 qualifying match (as one would have thot was obvious), is a match to qualify for the 2013 competition. This is a norm in football - They play qualifiers before a competition. Usually preceeding the competition. I advice you to to google for further explaination. Not that I'm saying u r stupid..

As for cry baby Osazee, he can leave. Football is a man's game. We dont just need men, we need talented ones. I'm sure marriage is taking a toll on him... U neva start.

Anonymous said...

Plz wo s dz albino sef that s saying al dz rubbish.. Evn my younger brother can play more than him

role model said...

God will raise stone in his place...i mean stones that knows how to play Soccer...not rugby...
Oniranu...

Anonymous said...

Go fuck yourself osaze. Asshole

Anonymous said...

Una dey vex o chei abeg leave osaze o make he try another country for bench.

Anonymous said...

Mtscheww!!!! Nonsense and ingredient. This fool will soon tell us if his playing for Nigeria so far has earned us the world cup/or anything valuable. We know you worked hard but please, leave so Nigerians who need the jersey space and popularity can take your place. There are numerous talents in Nigeria and you sure will not missed. However, thank you for your service so far.

Anonymous said...

WHICH CUP In DON WIN FOR US.UNFORTUNATE ALBINO OSHI

Anonymous said...

i dont blame him he's getting old and needs to concentrate fully on his job,lukaku and long are really good competition for him so he needs all the time he can get. Lastly, laying aside our glorious past,is naija a team u wud be proud of playin for? We are not even in first 3 in africa. Let's wait and see sha... A.I.M talks

Anonymous said...

naija sports generally don tire me, whenever i dey watch supersport blitz and this sa guys dey show demselves as if na dem bad pass, my body go just dey pepper.rugby,cricket,swimmin,f2,golf are sprts dat if properly commited to will easily bring us world regconition especially dat rugby self, all we need is 50 hefty men weyno hard find out of 150mil ppl, dey no need coach sef just tell dem make dem buldoze anybody for field and getpaid weekly, o boy crime sef go reduce. But what do our government do, they concentrate on football not even from the grassroot,late preparations for competitions and shits.no wonder the 'american naija bballers wey dem go hire weeks to olympics quickly denounce naija after record breaking defeat at the hands of usa, we get ppl here dem go dey beg ppl way no step naija b4 come play cod dey demself no say dem no do enough facilities and trainnin. Infact anything dat no go gree dem steal enough money dey no dey do. This thing done long ooo. A.I.M talks #pourinmyheartout

Chijioke said...

Keshi captained Nigeria to qualify for US ‘94 but lost his position to Chidi Nwanu, who played no part in the qualifiers, at the mundial. It was never an issue.
Does Osaze want an automatic and permanent shirt in a star - studded Super Eagles? Recall what happened when Siasia benched him against Ethiopia last year.
With the abundance of strikers at Keshi's disposal, which saw the likes of Obafemi Martins, Kalu Uche, Victor Anichebe, Obinna Nsofor, Chinedu Obasi, Michael Eneramo, Peter Utaka and Ekigo Ehiosun tasting no action, while the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, John Utaka and Sone Aluko featured only once, Keshi should only go for players who will welcome competition and also maintain a positive attitude when they don’t start games.
There should be no automatic shirt for anybody and Osaze should know this as a professional.

Anonymous said...

You people should not be quick to judge Mr odemwingie. Injustice is injustice. Let us also not forget that he is a good player. I believe the moment you are discouraged you loose your spark. The super eagles should go back to the drawing board.

Femiluv said...

The comments are so hilarious. Not surprised. Oh well..good riddance.

Adeagbo Kabir said...

Wonder shall never end. Who is Osaze in the Nigeria Soccer? If he likes, he shouldn't even step on Nigeria soil again. Who cares? Nigeria is richly blessed with football talents, nobody's absence can be felt in the National team today. To hell with him. If he players for Nigeria again, he's a goat. We don't even want him. Thank God as he has given himself red card.

Anonymous said...

Wetin u achieve self in football self see yeye pikin ooo who cares self

Anonymous said...

Abi o!

Anonymous said...

Lool. Rugby ke!

Anonymous said...

Why would he go to hell? Are u stupid? Did you not read his reasons....I feel bad for him doe but I wish him goodluck in everything he does

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:16 May. The good Lord bless you because you are VERY wise

Anonymous said...

Linda you blog exposes the problem of young Nigerians ....intolerance, ignorance and band wagon mentality...If Osaze has genuine reasons not to play for Nigeria the best we can do is wish him good luck. This is the same man that choose to play for Nigeria over his real father land..he has been an enormous contribuiton to the super eagles squad. DOnt forget that this is his daily bread and butter..while it is easy for you to sit behind a faceless name and insult him, you can never know a man's pain till you walk in his shoes. nuff said

Kris Fortune said...

I think we still need him. the situation should be properly managed

Anonymous said...

But na wa oh! I don't understand why people are spewing insults on him..he's an adult,whether or not he wants to play for Nigeria is his choice..we don't have to be happy about that choice,but we need to respect it. WTF!!!

Funke said...

Most Nigerians are not only ignorant, they are unappreciative and mean.
Osaze has held the Super Eagles team together for a long time now, even when most overseas players play "jejely' on the field so they wont get an injury, he goes out with his whole heart....

i would always commend his commitment to the Super Eagles and respect his decision too. i do not see him a a proud person who is out to hurt the nation's football because form antecedents, he has always given his best on field!

so you guys leave him alone!!!!!!

obviously, Nigerians only appreciate injustice when it happens to them but to someone else, the person should just put on a bold face and bear it....hypocrites!!

Anonymous said...

@last a sensible comment...thanks alot for making sense.c all of dem typing nonsense!mtsewww

Anonymous said...

Read well dumb dumb... I don't even watch football yet I get d idea of qualifiers...
Aaaahhhh wat's worse is dt u even tried to be sarcastic.... Msssstcheeeeewewe DUMBEST

Anonymous said...

Peter Odemwingie has denied claims by Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi that he has refused to play international football for the Super Eagles.

Peter Odemwingie
GettyImagesPeter Odemwingie - still available for international duty with Nigeria

The West Bromwich Albion striker is disappointed over suggestions that he has turned his back on his country, following comments made by Keshi over the weekend.

Odemwingie insists he remains willing to play for Nigeria, despite admitting to communication problems and some lingering issues which date back to the 2010 World Cup. He confirmed he has spoken with Keshi and remains available for selection.

"I did not say I won't play for the national team. I am 31 now, it will be hard to play every game, but I had an open and honest discussion with the coach and I will be available when they call me," he told KickOffNigeria.com.

"If the coach decides to call me, I am still available to play for my country. When I decide I want to stop playing I will come out and say so myself."

Keshi told reporters over the weekend that Odemwingie had turned his back on his country because of incidents dating back to his omission from the 2010 World Cup finals.

"I spoke to (Odemwingie) before the Liberia game and he told me that he had decided not to play for Nigeria anymore," Keshi told SuperSport.com.

"He told me that he has no problems with me as a person and that he took his decision even before I assumed position as national team coach. He said he was unhappy at how he was treated in the past in the national team. He explained that prior to Nigeria's participation at the 2010 Fifa World Cup, he played in all the qualifying games but was dropped at the finals."

Odemwingie admits to voicing his disappointment at issues within the Nigeria set-up and said: "I told him about my unhappiness with certain things, including the fact that as a player who has served his country with full commitment for over 10 years, I got into trouble for asking to be excused from a friendly game when I had an injury.

"And I pointed out to him that it appeared the same trend was continuing under him during the game in Rwanda because of the way I was treated. So since I didn't want to be seen to be destabilising the national team, I decided to stay away. We agreed that it was a communication issue and we would continue to talk and that was it."

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Anonymous said...

As for me osaze is ryt. Someone that had not been bench on his international club, will come to play ball for his country 9ja they will bench him it is a very big insult. Osaze pls forgive them bcos they did not know wht they did. Osaze plz super eagles still need you

Chikaka said...

He's made a you turn today.

Anonymous said...

Msccheew! He doesn't know he is 31 West Brom will soon had his ass out to a lower division culb on free transfer, he is here saying he doesn't want to play again. Nigerian coaches pamper these international based players too damn much ahn ahn! They will now come and eff up,tell Osaze to go let's us live in peace,whining like a 2 year old, make hin go west brom talk this one na, bench straight.

Anonymous said...

See u, do u watch EPL at all, when they always bring him in second half, sometimes he starts other times he doesn't! He hasn't been playing consistently for West Brom this season.

Chukwube said...

Olodos! Qualifiers are played a year before the tournament is to take place. Go and read the paragraph again so u will understand it better. No wonder u all failed
English in waec and no wonder with ur Msc and PhD u r still applying as a truck driver. Shio!

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