This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Odemwingie Warns Keshi to Beware of Sack

Out of favour Super Eagles and West Brom forward, Osaze Odemwingie has cautioned Coach Stephen Keshi to beware of those singing his praises now after winning the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa penultimate Sunday.

Odemwingie who returned to his favourite past time, twitter, to post his comment on the social media Wednesday, warned that despite the euphoria of Keshi achieving what no Nigeria coach had previously done, the ex-international can still be eased out of the Eagles job.

"A coach the country is praising now will one day be sacked and to his achievements they will say: only one cup? I beg!" Odemwingie twitted.

He attributed most of the country's problems in sports to corruption on the part of those administering the various games.

"Too much corruption in sports these days. Because of few sportsmen who cheat now, doping control went from urine to blood test," he noted.

Interestingly, Odemwingie who had a public row with Keshi just before the Nations Cup in South Africa when the coach sensationally axed him from the Eagles, said his commitment to his club affected his relationship with former Eagles coach Samson Siasia.

"Very little thing made me fall out with ex-Eagles coach Siasia, and that's club commitment. That commitment, was questioned after," Odemwingie twitted further.

"What did that teach me? You are only a good guy and professional when you score and give your teams what they want. They throw us out afterwards," he reasoned.

He added: "When I give all my heart and effort to a team and get overlooked after, how could I possibly be happy? Same in Eagles, same in WBA, well praised and most criticised at the same time. Something is wrong somewhere. And I bet it's not in my attitude. I believe in transparency," concludes the former Bendel Insurance of Benin player.

Meanwhile, Keshi, has raised alarm over plans by detractors of the team to pitch him against the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation and the President of the body, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.

Speaking from Abuja Wednesday afternoon, Keshi said there was never a time he said the NFF was desperate to dispense with his services but only mentioned that they have issues to settle that have since been amicably resolved.

"I wonder what people want to gain by saying I'm fighting the NFF, I'm at war with Alhaji Maigari, who in the first place found me worthy of employment as national team's coach?. I am seizing this opportunity to beg all those who are desperate to return us to the dark days of football that Nigerians know better now and won't allow it".

Eagles Spokesman, Ben Alaiya, said in a release that Keshi praised the leadership qualities of the Maigari led board and called for total support to enable the board do more for Nigerian football. "I have never and will never fight my President, all I have asked for is support from him and am getting that over 100 per cent so let those wanting us to start a war leave us a alone," he said.

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