Monday, 5 November 2012

Osaze back with Eagles — Keshi

After months of speculations and varied news on the future of Osaze Odemwingie with the Super Eagles, coach Stephen Keshi has clarified the situation insisting that the West Brom attacker never told him of his resignation from the national team.
Keshi who spoke in Abuja on Monday said that his “thoughts may have been misinterpreted” as the player had only expressed fear and frustration arising from his past experience playing in the team.
Keshi said, “What he (Osaze) told me was that after fighting so hard to help qualify Nigeria for the South Africa 2010 World Cup, he was dumped on the bench when the tournament proper started. And that he fears a repeat following the manner he was substituted in the qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali, which was under me. Well, I told him that if I had my way all the players who featured in that match should have been substituted but I had only three substitutions to make because we played poorly in the encounter.
“He told me he understands my position and that he is now ready to return to the national team. We actually spoke for over one hour on Sunday (November 4), so there is really nothing amiss about Osaze. He has said he would join others to fight for a shirt and that is the new rule in the national team.”
Reports from the Eagles camp in Abuja indicate that the attacker also spoke with some other officials of the team in a bid to express he still feels part of the team and available for call up.
“I want to win something with the national team and I think there can’t be a better time to achieve that than now,” he quoted as saying.
The national team build up to the international friendly match against Venezuela has continued to intensify. On Monday 22 players out of the 24 invited to camp trained in the evening. Only Rangers’ Ejike Uzoenyi and Gambo Mohammed of Kano Pillars – who was part of the team that won a four-club invitational tourney in Niger Republic – were still being expected.
“We are happy at the turn out of players, the next step for them is to show that they can displace those based abroad and pick shirts not only for the friendly against Venezuela but for the Nations Cup in South Africa,” Keshi said.

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