Odemwingie captained the side at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations but criticised the defensive tactics used by manager Shaibu Amodu in the semi-final loss to Ghana.
A quick right winger who can also play up front, he was born in the USSR. His father went to study medicine in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he married a Russian woman.
Some observers felt he was Nigeria’s best player during the qualifying campaign. He was selected as an over-age player for the Beijing Olympics, playing in the defeat to Argentina in the final.
After making his name in Belgian football, he had a two-year spell with Lille before joining Lokomotiv Moscow in 2007. He scored seven times in 25 games in the 2009 Russian Premier League, helping his club finish fifth.
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