24 December 2012

Nigeria: Eagles Don't Have Leader, Rages Osaze

Photo: Vanguard
Osaze Odemwingie

Super Eagles out of favour star Osaze Odemwingie has added fire to the debate over his 2013 AFCON exclusion by saying Nigeria have lacked "a good captain for many years".

On Friday, Osaze, Taye Taiwo and Obafemi Martins were left out of a preliminary 32-man squad for the AFCON.

Coach Stephen Keshi has since defended his decision while also revealing that Osaze asked to be made team captain.

"This might sound disrespectful but Eagles had no good captain for many years. Everyone looking only after himself," Osaze said on his Twitter handle. He also said he was not notified about his omission from the squad.

"On my non-inclusion to the Eagles list I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn't tell me themselves. No personality!

"We talk through press hahaha how come I am the only stubborn one but no ex-Eagles player was sent off from the team with respect?'

The striker maintained that his being left out had nothing to do with football.

"Keshi has no footballing reasons not to invite me but is not saying the truth. He is still in my plans he said haha coach u no dey my plans." He dared anyone who wishes to join issues with him on this matter. He said: "To some who wanna put mouth here please act like men. When two men talk 3rd has nothing to do. So Ikpebas and the rest talk to me face2face'

He again revisited his feud with former Eagles coach Samson Siasia, alleging that the coach dropped him because he did not endorse him for the Eagles top job after he led them to win a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

"Cos after we got Olympic silver I didn't say Siasia is ready for Eagles he waited till he gets the job to axe me?" Osaze tweeted.

"I and Apam begged him to take (Sani) Kaita in the Olympic team. He told us he wants to play Efe Ambrose there who is a centre back? Good plan.

"The only reason me and Siasia fell out was over kits that were not enough because they were on sale as the Olympics were on going. Shame!

"WBA needed me back for an important game and Siasia refused to let me miss a midweek friendly game?

It was the same social media tool he used at the height of his row with the former Eagles handler.

His tweets did not spare the Nigeria Football Federation.

"NFF spokesman told MTN he is arrogant? I am arrogant? Why did country's president threaten to close down our federation for two years?

"Why didn't Lagerback continue with Super Eagles after World Cup? Chop and run was his plan and they knew it."

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