Former Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba says he never confronted West Brom striker, Osaze Odemwingie, on social network site Twitter.
Odemwingie last month vent his anger at coach Stephen Keshi and Nigerian Football Association members on Twitter after he was omitted from the Super Eagles squad for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
He also slammed Ikpeba on Twitter when the 1997 African Footballer of the Year said on SuperSport that the Eagles won’t miss the services of the Edo-born player.
The drama escalated when Ikpeba Official, a Twitter account opened with Ikpeba’s name and picture exchanged words with Odemwingie on the social network site.
But Ikpeba denied having a Twitter account or engaging in a clash with Odemwingie on the social network site.
“My major source of concern is that a person or some persons opened a Twitter account with my picture and name. The Twitter account name is Ikpeba Official. This person or persons have been using this Ikpeba Official account in exchanging words with the player in question on Twitter,” Ikpeba said in a statement.
“But I make bold to state categorically here that I don’t have a Twitter account neither have I exchanged words with anybody on the social network site.
“My organisation, SuperSport, knows that I don’t operate an account on Twitter. I would rather spend my precious time with my family than confront anybody on a social network site.”
He urged the Eagles not to be distracted by the recent development, calling on them to make Nigeria proud in South Africa.
Ikpeba said, “I wish to use this opportunity to advise the Eagles officials and players to see this unfortunate development as a mere distraction.
“Instead, they should go out there and prove once again that we are the true giants of African football, irrespective of who is selected or not.”