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Odemwingie blasts Nigeria snub

Peter Odemwingie has hit out following his omission from Nigeria's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Last Updated: 24/12/12 at 12:46 Post Comment

Peter Odemwingie: Not selected for Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations campaign

Peter Odemwingie: Not selected for Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations campaign

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The West Brom striker attacked coach Simon Keshie's decision to leave him out of the squad on Twitter.

"Every manager has got his own plans and tactics - if I don't figure in your plans, please be honest to tell me directly," said Odemwingie on the social media site.

"For 10 years I gave my all to the country as a player on the pitch, played for the nation and fans, not individuals.

"Because I speak out when things are not right, I guess some people are not just comfortable with that openness."

The 31-year-old refused to completely rule out a return to the international scene, adding: "If the chance to play for my country presents itself, then I will speak to my dad and those close to me - then we'll see."

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However the Super Eagles coach Keshie dismissed Odemwingie's response to his omission for the tournament, which will take place in South Africa.

"I don't even have a Facebook or Twitter account so it doesn't bother me at all," said the former Nigeria international.

"There's nothing personal about this stuff; Odemwingie is a very good player but right now I don't need him.

"He's a professional and he should be able to accept that."

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