Why I blasted Keshi, NFF, Osaze reveals; apologises for outburst

Osaze Odemwingie
Osaze Odemwingie

Osaze apologised for his outburst on twitter

West Bromwich Albion striker, Osaze Odemwingie, has attributed his recent outburst against the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, to anger arising from a feeling of betrayal by the coach.

Odemwingie had, at the wake of the release of the team list for AFCON 2013, taken to twitter to make some disparaging comments against the Super Eagles gaffer and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

The out-of-favour Super Eagles striker also called the chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green, ‘names’ over his exclusion from the AFCON squad.

The England-based forward has now said he made statements, which were made in a fit of anger, after he had made it known to his coach and colleagues that he was set to travel for the January 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

In an interview with selected Nigerian journalists, the West Bromwich Albion striker admitted making some of the comments credited to him, but was also quick to make some clarifications on calling Green ‘names,’ saying he was only bitter about his exclusion.

He described Green as a good man and one of the few on the NFF board, alongside the President, Aminu Maigari, whom he knows personally and would not want to offend; though his anger has portrayed him to be at ‘war with everybody’.

”I remember it was Green that settled my case with Siasia then, but I was too angry when he called me over this matter, and was impatient to listen to him, and my comment was not directed to him personally but to those who made the decision. But I think I over reacted then,” Osaze said.

On his face-off with Keshi, the former Locomotive Moscow forward revealed that “I called the coach two or three times within that period, maybe two or three days before the list was made public and told him of my commitment to be part of the Nations Cup, and have told my coach I will be going to the Nations Cup.”

According to him, “I told the coach I was ready to report to camp by January 3rd, even before other professionals start reporting to camp, if I was in his programme for the Nations Cup; and even told him to feel free to drop me if I was not in his programme.

“I felt betrayed after that seeming heart-to-heart discussions with the coach few days to the release of the team list and he could not hint me I was not in his plan for the Nations Cup. For me it was not professional and I considered it a betrayal and lost my cool given all the arrangements I had made towards the Nations Cup,” he said.

Odemwingie also revealed that he felt pained and miffed by “some comments on why I was dropped ranging from being arrogant to asking for the captain’s band; and I concluded the federation wanted to freeze me out of the national team after ten years of serving the country with commitment and dedication.”

“I don’t mind being asked to give the younger ones a chance ,even though I still have five years to offer at the international level, but I only think it would be proper to be honourably pulled out of the national team and not ‘disgraced’ out of the team after years of dedicated service to Nigeria,” he said.

The West Brom star argued that though his international career is over in the light of these controversies, which he noted “were unfortunate and regrettable,” he believes “there is need to correct some wrong impressions out there that I am always fighting with every coach,”

“But what people don’t know is that my issues with all the coaches from Samson Siasia to Lars Lagerback and now Keshi had to do with purely football matters, not administrative or asking for more money for players.

“My case with coach Siasia dates back to the 2008 Olympics, and had to do with insufficient jerseys and all that; with Lagerback it had to do with how I was treated and I voiced it to him personally at the World Cup, and now being treated unfairly.

“Imagine talking with someone two to three times over an issue and few days later you begin to hear a different story from the person, who was in a person to tell you point blank, ‘you are not in my plan for this,” he said.

The versatile forward concluded by saying “I am human and open to error by the way I may have taken the issue, and regret the whole controversy, and want to put all this behind me now and focus on my club career, while wishing the team the best of luck as a Nigerian.”


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  • joli

    Osaze…..nigeria can do witout u go n bury urself in shame…. U and keshi, u and siasia, u n nff….. We dnt need u.

    • Paschal

      Joli we need u oooooooo.

  • A classic example of tweet before you think! When will these half literate players learn to engage the services of professionals in managiong their images?

    • Paschal.

      I guess you just wrote too without thinking and in the process calling the man illiterate. What is unclear about his explanation there? Why can’t grown ups and elders be straight for once, Solomon?

  • Musa

    Osaze, everything about Nigeria including getting invited to play involves ‘politics’ and the usual Nigerian factor. You need to know how to play using the common Nigerian way of doing things. If you expected the coaches and NFF to be as sincere and honest as it is in England, I am sorry, you will not get that from Nigeria. It is unfortunate that you were treated that way even after having a sincere conversation with Keshi prior to the release of the list.It was reported that you made some bogus demands which the team management considered outrageous. Yet other players have secured concessions on similar issues. It is just being reported that the coach of Ike Uche at Real Zaragoza has just agreed that Ike could shuttle between his club and the training camp; it has also being reported that Victor Moses and Mikel Obi have been allowed to delay their arrival at the training camp after the club pleaded on their behalf. That is the way things work in Nigeria. You don’t need to go around blasting officials and coaches on twitter and in the media because that will not help your cause. You were not the only one dropped. Taye Taiwo and a host of others including Obafemi Martins were also dropped. They have not taken to twitter to make any rant.

    • Yussuff

      In England sometimes they do bench him….i never read any rant on twitters whenever he his benched.

      • Paschal

        this is nigeria youngman. nations cup. Once in a couple years. not premier league any weekend!

  • Sam

    A wise man advised you not to react like this,you chosed to do it your way and now you are regretting and saying sorry…Be careful next time

    • Paschal

      which wise man is that that advised him and where is he to advise the coach? Wise men and grown ups should be straight, simple and short. He had every reason to be upset if what i read here is really what transpired.