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Odemwingie lashes out on Twitter

Osaze Odemwingie
Odemwingie used Twitter to vent his frustrations

By Farayi Mungazi
BBC Sport

Nigeria striker Osaze Odemwingie has taken to his Twitter page to accuse coach Samson Siasia of having "issues".

Odemwingie is believed to be upset that his attitude was questioned after he opted not to play in the Super Eagles' friendly against Kenya on Tuesday.

After playing in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia, he flew back to England on Monday.

Odemwingie implied in his Twitter rant that that he opted out of the Kenya friendly because of injury.

He wrote: "Unlike me my finishing in training today was good. Hearing something that Siasia is angry I left. He needs to think a bit or he got issues."

He later deleted the comment but not before dozens of his followers had voiced their disapproval, with one urging him to "calm down".

In another post, he said: "Managed to play the official. A friendly in a empty stadium, struggling with an injury preferred not to play. And it became an issue???"

According to the BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji in Lagos, there is more to Odemwingie's comments than meets the eye.

He said Siasia's approach has upset many senior players.

"His training methods, his unguarded outbursts, attitude and treatment of older players is causing disaffection in his new Super Eagles - more like a time bomb," Okeleji said.

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