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“Odemwingie is not the Messi or Ronaldo of Nigeria” – Yobo blasts West Brom striker

Fenerbache defender and captain of the Super Eagles, has waded into the ongoing Osaze Odemwingie saga, calling the West Brom striker “a kid who needs to grow up”.

Odemwingie has not taken his exclusion from the the Nigerian team heading to the Africa Cup of Nations next month likely, taking to Twitter to vent against the coach, the Nigeria Football Federation and even former international, Victor Ikpeba.

However, in an acidic reaction, Yobo has asked him to put a lid on it.

“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. He is responsible for his problems,” Yobo told Nigeria’s foremost sports radio, Brila FM on Friday.

“This is not the first time he has been disrespectful. He is fighting all the coaches and at the World Cup he also disrespected me and he later apologised.

“He is not the (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo of Nigeria. He should look himself in the mirror.”

Yobo applauded Stephen Keshi, for the provisional squad he selected for the tournament, although he expressed surprise at some names that were not picked.

“I will give him credit for the squad. He will score 95 percent even though one or two should have been there,” he said.

“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.”

The 32-year-old also admitted that this might be his last Nations Cup, so younger players can be given a chance.

“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,” he said.

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