AFCON 2013: Eagles' Skipper Joseph Yobo Blasts Osaze Odemwingie To Grow Up…He’s Not The L. Messi Or C. Ronaldo Of Nigeria

Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo
Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo has slammed West Bromwich striker Osaze Odemwingie for being disrespectful, saying he must grow up.

Odemwingie has on Twitter indirectly put down Yobo when he accused recent Eagles captains of looking out only for themselves, adding that the team lacks a leader.

Yobo will now have his say in the biggest drama in the Nigerian camp leading up to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa

Yobo told Brila FM Radio on Friday [Dec. 28]:

“Osaze has been reckless, disrespectful to most people. He’s not a kid, he should grow up because we cannot continue to baby sit him”.

“This is not the first time he has been disrespectful. He is fighting all the coaches and at the (2010) World Cup he also disrespected me. He could be saying the right thing but he is going about it the wrong way”. 

“He is not the (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo of Nigeria”.

“He should look himself in the mirror”.

The Fenerbache star also gave credit to coach Stephen Keshi for the provisional squad he picked for the AFCON, while admitting that he was surprised Obafemi Martins, Osaze, Taye Taiwo and Kalu Uche were not considered.

He argued:

“I will give him credit for the squad. He will score 95% even though one or two should have been there. I’m sure he would have had some sleepless nights in selecting his team. Kalu Uche, Martins, Taye and Osaze not being there was a surprise but the coach must have his reasons and he cannot call everybody”.

Yobo also admitted that at 32 this is most likely his last AFCON.

“I think I have to admit it that this may be my last Nations Cup. We have to allow younger players to get their chance”, said the central defender, who has featured in five Nations Cups.

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