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Published On: Fri, Jan 23rd, 2015

Osaze remains Eagles’ player- team psychologist

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Osaze OdemwingieSuper Eagles psychologist, Robinson Okosun has said that Peter Odemwingie remains vital to the team saying he would be shocked if he decides to call it off on his international career.

Odemwingie last played for Nigeria on June 30, 2014 in a second round World Cup game against France which the Super Eagles lost the 0-2.

Speculations have been making the rounds that Odemwingie would toe the path of former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo who promptly announced his international retirement after the 2014 World Cup but Okosun says he will be shocked if that scenario plays out.

“I have heard the rumours (that Odemwingie is about to quit international football) and that is what they are; rumours.

“As far as I am concerned, he is still very relevant in the scheme of things and is one of the most technically gifted players this country has ever produced,” Okosun said.

Odemwingie is currently sidelined from action with a knee injury but is expected back in action before the end of the current Barclays English Premier League campaign in May.

The striker revealed that he stopped watching football during the early stages of the injury and Okosun, who enjoys a close relationship with the player says the action was “perfectly in order”.

“Osas (Odemwingie) was perfectly in order to do that. As a football psychologist I can tell you that reactions to serious injuries depend on the mental strength of individual players.

“Some can manage it perfectly well while others can’t. Watching such games could perhaps bring about positive or negative feelings that may further depress a player which could slow down his recovery rate.

“Positive feelings when his team is winning and negative when his team loses. The player may also harbour thoughts like; ‘Oh if only I was fit to play, perhaps I could have helped my team to win’.

“Again not watching his club games would help reduce tension and anxiety that could prolong recovery.

“It’s not just to cope with d psychological blow of d injury but again to minimize negative distractions and allow for total concentration in terms of monitoring progress of his rehabilitation.

“Hence I praise Osaze strong mental strength which has been evident in his accelerated recovery.

“I have also been monitoring his progress since he started his rehabilitation shortly after his successful surgery. We have been comparing notes till date and all is going according to script,” he said.

Odemwingie has scored 11 goals in 65 appearances for Nigeria at senior level.

 

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