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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.


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