--%>
Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Nigeria

Osaze rescues Baggies



Nigerian striker, Osaze Odemwingie scored his fifth goal of the season for West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as the Baggies rescued a point in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at the Hawthorns on Matchday 23 of the Barclays English Premier League.

The forward’s strike in the 83rd minute was brilliantly executed as he swivelled and connected sweetly with a left-footed half volley that nestled in the bottom corner.

Odemwingie is now WBA’s second top scorer as only Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku (with nine goals) have scored more this term.

Odemwingie was controversially left out of the Nigerian squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, a decision Nigeria Premier League (NPL) legend, Victor Ezeji believes head coach, Stephen Keshi may rue in future.

“Apart from (Villareal striker), Ikechukwu Uche, there is no striker in that 23-man list (of the Super Eagles for the 2013 Afcon) better than Osaze,” Ezeji told supersport.com.

The former Sharks and Dolphins forward also claimed that Keshi dropped Odemwingie because he was trying to avoid facing "awkward situations" in the dressing room.

“Keshi is trying to avoid awkward situations with certain players. But as the ‘Big Boss,’ I expected him to include Osaze and deal with it.

“That way, he would prove his mettle and earn the respect of all the players. Osaze is one of Nigeria’s best players today and we will miss him in South Africa,” he concluded.

Osaze has scored nine times for the Super Eagles in 55 appearances since making his debut in 2002.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ex ref assaulted in street
I don’t want to be flippant about this but I can’t decide whether to describe this incident as a...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Shankly said it best
These days the words of Bill Shankly seem to be echoing in my ears every weekend. “If you can't...

Carol Radull
When will Kenya qualify?
I don’t like international football weeks, particularly when there are qualifiers going on. I...

Neil Tovey
Lost in translation
The May Mahlangu situation highlights the fact that communication in football is vital.

Clyde Tlou
Bafana snub needs stronger action
After featuring in 24 matches, 19 starts and five off the bench for his Swedish club, IFK...

John Dykes
Saints, scorers and surprise picks
It’s a measure of just how far Liverpool and Manchester United are off the pace right now that I...