World Cup – Edo Sports Commissioner Pleads for Osaze

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Edo Commissioner for Sports, Mr Chris Okaeben has urged the Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, to recall England-based forward Osaze Odemwingie to the national team.

Okaeben made the appeal while addressing sports journalists at the end of the “Edo Walk for Life” monthly exercise in Benin.

“Having learnt his lessons and shown remorse over his actions towards the coach and the team, and the fact that he is on top of his game presently, Osaze should be recalled to the Super Eagles,” he said.

The commissioner said his comments were only an appeal since Odemwingie had shown patriotism and loyalty in the service to his fatherland in times past.

Odemwingie had fallen out with the team officials over some of his comments on the social media.

Okaeben said the player had not only been an asset to the country but Edo as well.

He pointed out that the player had been supportive of Bendel Insurance FC’s quest to gain promotion to the elite cadre of the national football league.

“As a state, we are forever proud of our own as long as that person is contributing his own quota to the development of the state. So, we are forever proud of him.

“We have no choice other than to support him and urge the National Sports Commission (NSC), our brother Keshi and the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) leadership to please see to the need why they should recall Osaze to the national team.

“This is because this will add value to the development of football in Nigeria.

“Today, he can also do for his country Nigeria what he is doing in football internationally.

“We are lending our voice, we are appealing, and we are not imposing it on them.

“But I want to strongly say that our brother, who is the coach of the national team, is a product of this stadium (Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium) that we are standing here today, and this makes him the son of Benin Kingdom.

“I join voices with every average Edo man to appeal to him (Keshi) to please extend the hands of fellowship to our brother and son, Osaze Odemwingie, and ask him to come contribute his best to our nation,” Okaeben said.

While acknowledging the fact that many see the player as a proud person, Okaeben however said Odemwingie was not any different from an average Edo man.

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