Osaze Odemwingie: I’m Never Playing For Nigeria Again

Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi has revealed to supersport.com that West Bromwich Albion star, Osaze Odemwingie wants out of the Super Eagles.

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.

Keshi 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.

Odemwingie last played for Nigeria in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda on February 29 in Kigali.

7 Comments

  • Big boy let bye gone be bye gone nd come back to fatherland nd play plea—-se after all wether they like it or yes you must be wht God wnts you to be

  • Bro, U̶̲̥̅̊ are α̲̅ηϑ wil ever ßε α̲̅ gud player…. Bt put maturuty into ur decision α̲̅ηϑ come back Τ̲̅☺̣̣̥̇ ur mother land.

  • guy forgive and forget. Afteroll some is beging you.pls we need you.its an honor for once country to rely one him for help or assistance of any kind.remember its not for free.

  • He is to me, one of the most dedicated/committed Nigerian players. His great devotion glowed while he played…some of the most needed Nigerian goals prior to this time came from him…with the entertainment in his ‘step down’ celebration (esp.against south African… That should be 2004)…even coach Xtian Chukwu, coach Augustine Eguavoan,etc know what i’m saying…

    “peter O”… We love you, pls let things be settled amicably, we would want you to play more for us

  • Keshi is not telling us the truth.osaze happens to be the most committed player in the eagles over a space of at least six years. How come he has suddenly become a bad player. I have never seen a coach announcing international retirement on a players behalf. Rather honest and well meaning coaches make sure their best players remain available and condition them to play for the team because that is supposed to be an integral part of keshi’s job.the fact is Keshi is deeply involved in using the eagles as a shop window to project new players in which he has an interest for onward sale to European clubs .that means some of the best players will have to be sacrificed to create room for Keshi s agenda. Now osaze happens to be the vocal type so that makes him a good option to be sacrificed. Keshi thinks we are all stupid.no we are not. Time will tell

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