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Apologies: Osaze Reveals Human Nature In Keshi, NFF Twitter Rant

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Osaze OdemwingieOsaze Odemwingie has cited betrayal by Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, as the reason for his recent uncontrolled outburst. The West Bromwich Albion striker had in the heels of the release of the provisional team list for AFCON 2013, taken to Twitter to make some disparaging comments against the national team coach, former Eagles player, Victor Ikpeba and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

The out-of-favour Eagles striker also lambasted the chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green, over his exclusion from the AFCON squad.

But in a recent interview with select Nigerian journalists, the England-based forward said he made the statements in a fit of anger, after he had made it known to his club coach and colleagues that he was set to travel for the January 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa. While also assuming responsibility for some of the comments credited to him, he was also quick to clear the air on allegations that he called Green ‘names,’ saying he was only bitter about his exclusion.

Odemwingie described Green as a good man and one of the few on the NFF board, alongside its President, Aminu Maigari, whom he knows personally and would not want to offend; though his anger has portrayed him as being 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,” Odemwingie said.

On his face-off with Keshi, the versatile forward said: “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 angered 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 former Locomotive Moscow 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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  1. Oluvic

    December 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I hop all ur fake, immatured fans who were claping for u @ ur utterances to the ppl u offended would also take time and pain to apologise too. Now u ar a good boy.

  2. captain

    December 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

    To hell with you osaze!!

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    December 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Guy you better go for anger management classes, I just hope you won’t beat your wife at home bkos people like you who can’t control their temper end up being wife beaters.

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  5. Daniel

    January 9, 2013 at 1:49 am

    God will utterly destroy you people abusing Osaze and rejecting his apologies. Didn’t you people read between the lines of his statement. Are u an illiterate? Are you a Moron? Read that statement and tell me one good reason why FAILURE stephen Keshi will drop him out of AFCON 2013, as the only players who play with passion for NIGERIA with so much determination. May the God that I serve not spare any of you that commented. You are a big fool.

  6. Daniel

    January 9, 2013 at 1:55 am

    God will utterly destroy you people abusing Osaze and rejecting his apologies. Didn’t you people read between the lines of his statement. Are u an illiterate? Are you a Moron? Read that statement and tell me one good reason why FAILURE stephen Keshi will drop him out of AFCON 2013, as the only players who play with passion for NIGERIA with so much determination. May the God that I serve not spare any of you that commented. You are a big fool. Ok where is Danny Shittu and Shola Ameobi now? You left passionate footballers and carry mediocres. Infact, really suprised. He dropped Osaze, Martins, even Brown Ideye. Pls compare Brown Ideye and Emenike, if you have sense. Not to talk of the two home based players he took. NOTE IT. KESHI WILL FAIL.

  7. Chidinma

    February 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    pls u people shld spare Osaze, anybody in his shoes would’ve done the same. this guy has served the nation for over ten years and the only way to compensate him is to push him out the of the team. It is unfair 4 kechi 2 have treated him that way. He should not 4get that he was once a footballer, n should also remember that what is good 4 the geese is also good 4 ht gander

  8. Gana y

    June 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

    The worse have been done and the boy have realise his mistake and need to be called back

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What are the best bookmakers for Nigeria residents?

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Sports betting is becoming more and more famous in Nigeria. A rising number of betting sites in Nigeria are offering wagering services to a populace of nearly 200 million people. They have a variety of bonuses as well as free bets to attract customers. Nigerian customers and visitors can place bets at both domestic and global bookmakers who offer offline and online betting services. These bookmakers are offering betters in the biggest African market, and they are enjoying pretty liberal betting legislation.
There are many safe betting sites around the globe, with lots of them being governed by higher betting rules. Nigerian betters can punt on the hottest gaming markets with easiness, and they can enjoy complete coverage on cricket, football, basketball and many more from these sites. The majority of the bookmakers are making efforts to be named the most excellent bookie in Nigeria.
Here are the best bookmakers for Nigeria residents.

Nairabet
Nairabet is among the most famous bookmakers in Nigeria. It was launched in 2009, and since then, Nairabet has continued to be among the largest and most successful gaming firms based in Nigeria. It has a wide collection of both global as well as domestic betting sites. It offers live streaming, in-
play betting, in addition to a wide variety of promotions for the existing and new customers. However, the odds might not be as excellent as that of the European betting companies, but if you would like to bet on Nigerian games, then Nairabet can well be the best bookie for you. Nairabet offers a great experience to Nigerian residents because they accept deposits in Naira.

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Bet9ja has rapidly reputed itself as one of the leading betting sites in Nigeria. It is not only the much-visited betting site in Nigeria but among the much-visited sites around the entire of the internet in the country. This just shows how famous betting has turned out to be in the country and Bet9ja has gained a lot from that by offering a wonderful product. This bookmaker offers a wide selection of markets, and they focus on both international as well as local football. This gives Nigerians a chance to have great odds of domestic football fixtures. The major advantage of this bookmaker is that it accepts deposits in Naira.

Betfair
Betfair is among the largest online gambling exchange in the world. It has an overabundance of football gaming markets for its clientele. With the incredible cash-out option that it offers, be assured that you are operating with one of the top betting sites. This bookmaker offers Nigerian residents with the best value odds together with a huge variety of casino, sportsbook, as well as poker markets.

bet365
Bet365 started with a humble beginning in 2000, and since then, it has risen to be among the top bookmakers and especially in the football wagers. Its website is easy to navigate; it has excellent live betting and incredible live streaming. It has grown to be the titleholder of the football gaming sites, and this makes it to rank among the top and reliable bookmaker. Bet365 offers a huge betting selection for Nigeria players.

Betway
Betway has paved itself to become a leading firm in betting in a period of over ten years. It is a leading betting firm in Europe, and it has the biggest percentage of its client’s base from Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Unquestionably, Betway is among the best bookmakers in the globe these days. The majority of the Nigerians are now starting to recognize how much this online
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William Hill
William Hill has been operating since 1934, and it has built a huge name of offering wonderful odds for football leagues. It also offers a vast selection of gambling markets as well as the best, user- friendly mobile app. This bookmaker accepts clients from Nigeria, and the best thing regarding it being a British betting company is that they are focused mostly on football. Therefore if you are looking to place a bet on world football, and particularly the Premier League, it might well be the ideal choice for you. This bookmaker has a great and wide collection of offers for both their existing and new customers that you can take advantage of. They have sign up bonuses as well as special events for a big football fixture.

22bet
This is an international bookmaker that supports a wide range of languages and it has a large betting selection for Nigeria players. 22bet has a mobile app with a large selection for football lovers, especially English Primer League. It is one of the most popular betting sites around. 22bet got a range of bets that are available in the market as well as having an excellent bonus offer. It has several bonuses and promotions that one gets right after making the first deposit and they continue
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Melbet
This on one of the most recent betting company and it started in 2012 to be exact. It is registered in the United Kingdom as its legal address and license to practice betting business are from the UK. It is a member of the first self-regulatory organization of Russian Bookmakers. They have a wide range of sports that you can bet on such as hockey, formula 1, diving and many more.

Betwinner
It is one of the most ambitious betting company that was started way back in 2007 and became famous in a very short period after it started its operations. It has a huge selection of sporting events as it meets all the needs of all its clients in the betting industry. It is one of the most admired companies when it comes to payout and individuals customer care. They are focused on making sure that the punters get the best betting experience by giving them the ability to bet even when the
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888sport was launched in 1997 as an online gambling company. It has become of great success in Europe and worldwide. It is also the most popular betting organization when it comes to the customer base as it accepts all customers from all walks of life, regions and more so in Nigeria. The clients in Nigeria have a great advantage of sighing up bonuses and competitive odds from one of the greatest and well-known companies in the world. With very many bookmakers offering diverse betting, many players face challenges, for especially while choosing the best bookmaker. Thepunterspage.com has ranked the best bookmakers for football using a wide range of diverse criteria which are very important for a top gambling experience.

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The current Champions League season has already brought a lot of sensations, but there was no
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Talented Nigerian Players of the NFL

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The NFL is quickly becoming one of the most popular leagues for Nigerian athletes. Over the last few years, we have seen some immensely talented players from Nigeria, or with Nigerian ancestry, come into the league and take over. While all positions in the sport of American football have benefited, notably there has been a focus on defensive positions from these athletes, with linebackers and defensive ends rising to prominence. Here are some of the most talented Nigerian athletes in the NFL that you need to know.

Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu is a 6’3”( 1.91m) outside linebacker who is currently playing for the Denver Broncos. He was a member of the 2014 draft, selected in the 2nd round as pick #50 overall. Attaochu played briefly for several teams like the 49ers and the Jets as he gradually tried to find the perfect fit. Recently, Attaochu has been re-signed by the Broncos on a one-year $1.5 million contract. Clearly, the Broncos liked what he brought to their defensive line.

Since Peyton Manning left the Broncos, the squad has been testing new offensive schemes, but their defense remains very strong. All-star player Von Miller has recently been placed on the injury list, so Attaochu will be called on to perform his best. With his aggressive tackling and limitless gas tank, Attaochu certainly helps bring the Broncos favorable American football odds. The team’s main division rivals are the Kansas City Chiefs who have one of the strongest offenses in the league. Heading into the 2020 season, defense is a priority for the Broncos.

Jeff Okudah

Okudah was born in Texas, USA in 1999 to Nigerian parents, making him one of the youngest players on this list. In the most recent NFL draft, Okudah was one of the most in-demand athletes and was selected #3 overall by the Detroit Lions. In the buildup to his NFL debut he quickly became known as the best cornerback in the entire country, and has proven to be yet another exceptional Nigerian athlete to gr3aduate from Texas universities.

This is excellent news for the Lions, who certainly need all the help they can get on defense. Okudah made his NFL debut this past Sunday, playing against the Green Bay Packers and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. All things considered, Okudah played well and showed that he can perform at the professional level.

Emmanuel Ogbah

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbah has come a long way on his journey to becoming the standout outside linebacker that he is. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016 as the #32 overall pick. After two years with the squad, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he really came into his own as a linebacker.

Ogbah played a big role in the Chief’s 12-4 record while he was active during the 2019 season. His standout performance was during week 3 versus the Baltimore Ravens, when Ogbah sacked quarterback Lamar Jackson 1.5 times. Unfortunately, a pectoral injury ended his exceptional season at game 10, but his efforts ultimately helped the Chiefs get to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Afterwards, Ogbah signed a two-year $15 million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins, where he currently helps round out their defense.

Noah Igbinoghene

This young athlete is an exceptionally talented cornerback. He was recently drafted in the first round as #30 overall by the Miami Dolphins. Though he was born in the US, he is of Nigerian descent and lived in the country for part of his life in his earlier years.

Notably, both of his parents were talented athletes in their own right. Igbinoghene’s father not only competed in the Men’s Triple Jump in the 1996 Olympics, but also won a bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth games. His mother was a track and field star, and was part of the relay team that won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 1992 Olympics.

NFL analysts gave the Dolphin’s an A+ for the Igbinoghene pick, saying that he was the right player for their team and helped the Dolphins patch up a weakness on defense. He played well against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, ultimately blocking many passes that came his way.

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