West Bromwich Albion’s striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, has hit out at Nigeria’s Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, for excluding him from he Afcon provisional squad. The 32-year-old posted his outburst via his social media account on Twitter, @OdemwingieP, yesterday. Odemwingie did not only hit out at Keshi, but also at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF),
Super Eagles’ former coaches, Samson Siasia and Lars Lagerback, as well as the media and recent captains of the national team describing them as “selfish.” The forward, in his social media outburst, which began from about noon local time (1p.m CAT), claimed that his exclusion from the Africa Cup of Nations provisional squad is “all comedy” based on “lies.” The Bendel Insurance ex-man also vented anger on a number of Twitter account holders who questioned his outburst on the social media network.
“On my exclusion from the Eagles list, I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn’t tell me themselves. No personality! “We talk through Press, how come I am the only stubborn one but no Eagles ex-player was sent off from the team with respect? “Keshi has no footballing reasons not to invite me, but he is not saying the truth. He is still in my plans, he said. Haha coach u no dey my plans. “To some who wanna put mouth here, please act like men. When two men talk 3rd has nothing to do.
So, Ikpeba and the rest talk to me face to face. “This is all a comedy and our poor fans are being fed with lies, while they are cutting the cake for themselves. “(The) NFF’s spokesman told MTN he was arrogant? I am arrogant? Why did (the) country’s president threaten to close down our federation for two years? “Why didn’t Lagerback continue with (the) Super Eagles after (the 2010) World Cup? Chop and run was his plan and they knew it. “Nigerian fans voted me Nigerian Player of the Year during (the) World Cup qualifiers and I was a spectator in the World Cup and I should be quiet?
“Because after we got Olympic silver, I didn’t say Siasia is ready for Eagles. He waited till he got the job to axe me?” “Okay, that childish thing about shirt aside. WBA needed me back for (an) important game and Siasia refused to let me miss a midweek friendly game? “Where is commonsense there? The game was played in an 80,000 capacity stadium with 2,000 spectators. That’s how important the game was! “They can’t spoil my name! That’s when I ask my self – do we not have a team captain and federation who can tell its commonsense? And settle the matter ? Na wow oh.
“Then they don’t invite (Vincent) Enyeama our number one keeper for a crucial qualifying game because he complained about a flight or something little? Ridiculous. “This might sound disrespectful but (the) Eagles had no good captain for many years. Everyone is looking only after himself. “Then SWAN sends a letter to NFF to warn me. (Sorry about that tweet didn’t mean it that way). But tell your colleagues not to make up stories. “A wise man advised me after 1st tweet that there are other ways to make someone look stupid. I am not interested in that. Just cleared myself.
“The only reason I write this is for fans to know my reasons and position on a few things and don’t think I don’t care or too proud. “After Afcon in Ghana, (the) Eagles’ fans were satisfied with our performance and Siasia after the tournament said I will take you to the Olympics. “They sacked Berti Vogts and just a month after that coach Amodu took over! In his first game in charge I didn’t even warm up,” wrote the angry striker. Odemwingie also claimed that while declaring his outburst on Twitter, that an unnamed NFF official called to insult him.
He ended his outburst saying he could shut down his Twitter account, which is verified. “NFF member just called me. Of course, got insulted. I told him I sang national anthem for 10 years to be treated like this. “That’s it on this. Story ended. No more talks about national team again. I’ve said all I wanted. If will be tempted will go off twitter,” he rounded off.