Odemwingie accuses ex-Super Eagles coaches of unethical acts

Peter Osaze Odemwingie has said that some former Nigeria coaches were involved in unethical acts during his time at the Super Eagles.

The former West Brom attacker claimed Shaibu Amodu and a few ex- Eagles coaches mixed their national team job with player management which did not augur well for the country.

“Some of our coaches did get involved in a bit of player management, they had management companies,” Odemwingie told Super Eagles media team in an Instagram chat on Monday.

“Amodu, for instance, had a management company. Some (coaches) picked a weaker player over a stronger one who played in a better club because they wanted to market their player.

“He was in and out as a coach and an agent, but he was a great man. I used to talk with him whenever I could about it. I loved Amodu.

“We used to fall out at times with him when they changed our hotels to a very poor one in Abuja.”

The former Stoke City striker is not the first to make such allegation against the Eagles managers in recent days. Osaze’s talk is coming days after Chinedu Obasi and Taye Taiwo made bribery allegations against former Nigeria coaches. 

Odemwingie was also once in a serious dispute with former Eagles captain and later coach, Stephen Keshi. The quarrel cost him a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa which Nigeria won. They eventually made peace which gave Odemwingie a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

His regrets: “I think I should have called the coach and not be stubborn, maybe I would have a gold medal too. I dreamt about the team winning the trophy before the tournament kicked off.

“But you know when you are young and you believe you are right with your decision, you just want to stick to them. Well, it’s past now but it is what I would have handled differently.”

The attacker made 63 appearances for Nigeria scoring 10 goals during his 12-year career.