Thursday, February 10, 2011

Osaze Odemwingie Escapes Siasia Axe

West Bromwich Albion striker Osaze Odemwingie was only hours from being thrown out of the Nigeria team by a furious Eagles coach Samson Siasia ahead of the friendly against Sierra Leone yesterday.

A top team official disclosed that Siasia was seething with anger after he learnt that Osaze was one of the first to arrive Nigeria from Europe ahead of the friendly international, but chose to stay away from the team.

"Siasia was just very angry when he learnt that Osaze has been in Lagos for at least two days, but had yet to report to the team's hotel and he was just about to tell Osaze Odemwingie to stay clear of the team before the player reported Sunday evening," an official said.

Siasia and the former Locomotive Moscow star fell out during the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Osaze even threatening to walk out on the team in China because the coach was not giving him enough respect.

The late arrival of players for the Sierra Leone game would force Siasia to cancel training on Monday, meaning the Eagles only trained twice Tuesday before the match.

Daily Champion

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