by Rachel Ogbu
West Brom player, Osaze Odemwingie was criticised recently for his comments on Twitter. Former Nigeria defender, Taribo West, condemned for his comments on the state of the country’s ex-internationals, saying the player should focus on his career rather than using social network site, Twitter, to ‘abuse’ his elders, new reports claim.
It seems Odemwingie is becoming really popular for talking himself into trouble. He twitted that football officers had failed to “treat former internationals right” naming late striker Rashidi Yekini, Femi Opabunmi and West as examples.
“Yekini, (may his soul RIP) our legend died in poverty…Femi Opabunmi lost his sight and struggling to feed now…T. West I heard not so comfortable and few others,” Odemwingie allegedly twitted.
West, once player for Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan, now a pastor however was said to have not appreciated the remarks Odemwingie made about his life.
“It is embarrassing to read such comments about me in the newspapers. The last time he probably saw me was in 2008, so what does he know about me?
“Have I asked him for money before? God has been kind to me and my ministry and I have not begged anybody for money. I am doing well; I am not broke and never will be till Christ comes. In Christ, I have everything, so I am not lacking. I think he has lost track and needs to get himself together.
“He should shut up and focus on his career instead of insulting his seniors all the time. He needs to respect his elders. His utterances smacks of indiscipline and unprofessionalism. He should apologise to everyone he’s been abusing on Twitter because if he continues like this, he will not go far,” he reportedly said.
According to reports, West said championing the cause of Nigeria’s ex-footballers through Twitter was not the best way.
“If he is fighting for ex-players, then that is not how to go about it. He should come home and fight those who are not helping the footballers.
“How many ex-footballers has he helped? How can he stay in England and fight for a cause in Nigeria? He should join his seniors and fight for their cause because his approach has no foundation,” he said.