Super Eagles forward turns 34

Osaze Odemwingie was born on this day in 1981 in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union to a Nigerian father and a Russian mother

 

Super Eagles and Stoke City forward Osaze Odemwingie turns 34 today, July 15.

The former West Brom striker was born on this day in 1981 in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union to a Nigerian father (Peter Odemwingie Sr.) and a Russian mother (Raisa), both of whom were medical students.

He moved with his family to Nigeria when he was two years old before returning to Russia to complete his secondary education.

While growing up in Russia, Osaze played in the youth teams at KAMAZ and CSKA Moscow before kicking off his career with Bendel Insurance of Benin.

He began his sojourn in Europe with Belgian side La Louvière where he spent three seasons before moving to French side Lille.

He has since played for Locomotive Moscow, West Brom and Cardiff.

Odemwingie made his debut for the Nigeria national football team in 2002 and has represented the country over 60 times, including at two FIFA World Cup and four Africa Cup of Nation, as well as winning silver at the 2008 Olympics.

He missed out on winning the African Nations Cup with the Super Eagles in 2012 after he was dropped from the team following his fall-out with then coach, Stephen Keshi.

Odemwingie married his fiancée, Sarah Fallon, on 26 May 2012 at a church in Northampton after two years of dating and the couple have two sons.

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