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Janine Self

05:03 EST, 24 December 2012


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07:18 EST, 24 December 2012

Peter Odemwingie has used his Twitter account to launch a blistering attack on the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.

The 31-year-old West Brom striker was controversially left out of the squad for the African Cup of Nations and vented his anger via social media.

Odemwingie, who would have been playing in his fifth African Cup tournament, tweeted: ‘On my non-inclusion to the Eagles list I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn’t tell me themselves. No personality!

Unhappy: Peter Odemwingie has blasted Nigeria chiefs for leaving him out of their African Cup of Nations squad

Unhappy: Peter Odemwingie has blasted Nigeria chiefs for leaving him out of their African Cup of Nations squad

‘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?

‘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.’

Keshi responded on the BBC World Service, saying: ‘I don’t even have a Facebook or Twitter account so it doesn’t bother me at all.

‘There’s nothing personal about this stuff; Odemwingie is a very good player but right now I don’t need him. He’s a professional and he should be able to accept that.

‘Nigeria is blessed with a lot of good players and we cannot invite every player. We’re not in a war with anybody, we’re just trying to do our job.’

On Friday Keshi announced a 32-man provisional squad to go to a training camp in Portugal and Odemwingie was not in it.

Missing man: Odemwingie is angry over his snub from the Nigeria squad

Missing man: Odemwingie is angry over his snub from the Nigeria squad

The player has been at the centre of
controversy with his country before and some blamed him for Nigeria’s
failure to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup.

Keshi has since claimed that Odemwingie was demanding to be made captain, which has also annoyed the player.

He tweeted: ‘This might sound disrespectful but Eagles had no good captain for many years. Everyone looking only after himself.’

Odemwingie made his Nigeria debut ten years ago. It has often been a fractious relationship with a series of coaches but the player was still desperate to represent his country.

The fall-out from the row will be an unexpected bonus for West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, who now has the services of his converted wide man in January.

The comments below have not been moderated.

I agree with Peter on this. Keshi is one way traffic. My way or no way.

hunglikeshire
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Beckton London,
24/12/2012 20:37

As a selfish West Brom fan, I’m glad that he’s staying however I find it bemusing that they’ve kept him out of the squad considering he’s one of their best players.

MarieWBA
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Worcester, United Kingdom,
24/12/2012 16:02

Won’t miss him. They don’t give their best when they go there.

Papred06
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London,
24/12/2012 14:07

*peter griffin’s voice* OMG who the hell cares!!

frank bradley
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london, Spain,
24/12/2012 13:33

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