Following Nigeria’s attempt at qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, various sections proposed that the blame should fall squarely on international striker Osaze Odemwingie, who missed clear-cut chances of scoring.
Odemwingie now says that he was indeed affected by those allegations and claims that those proposing them were only out for an individual to bear the team’s burden.
-Critics were looking for reasons and I felt a little bit over-blamed for the team's failure to qualify, he told BBC.
-It was a collective effort. I think the personal criticism was more about my relationship with the manager.
-I think that's what caused this situation. I had a little dispute with the coach and he has a lot of support in Nigeria so there was a little negative reaction to it.
A 2-2 draw with Guinea on 8 October saw Nigeria fail to advance past the group stages for the first time in 25 years.