Osaze's inclusion in the World Cup stirred controversy and interest from different quarters in Nigerian football.
Some believed that Tunisia 2004 goal scoring sensation was not good enough to be ion the team; the player had been on a row with the football federation and the chief coach for some issues bordering round his call-up to the national team that at some point the Stoke City striker purportedly withdrew from national team football action.
However, with persuasions and conciliations from concerned members, 32 year-old Osaze finally got a call up to the team but that would be in the build up to the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
It is undeniable to say that the pair of Keshi and Osaze have not really found the lost-love that was before the issues emanated.
The player apologized before his recall but his game play against Iran on Monday June 16 may have ignited what was before to become.
Osaze who later came in the second half for substituted Ramon Azeez played what every Nigerian refer to as 'the best' from any player on Green in the night, but the another controversy brewing is the Coach apportion of 'tactical disobedience' on the player; Ike Uche, another Nigerian striker who scores effortless goals was withdrawn from the team because he was‘technically indisciplined,” as the coach says.
Keshi again has tagged Osaze as Tactical disobedience, alleging that the player did not heed to instructions.
Keshi said. What else could the young man have played? On a night the Nigerian team was struggling to hold on to the ball talk more of finding the net; Osaze was singled out even for the short minutes he played as the best attacking player with an approach at goal.
much to the dismay of the very many Journalist and Nigerians who saw the game on Tv and live from the stands.
Emmanuel Emenike played in the wrong position, maybe instruction from the coach; Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi were giving flat footed passes that could barely move 10 yards and when it did, it fell to the Iranians. The introduction of Osaze in the 69th minute brought a sparkling ray of hope, a ferocious shot it was he fired that intensified the dull heat within the Arena Da Baixada in Curitiba
Without credence to his play, ”I don’t know what he played. What he played was not what I asked him to play”, Keshi insisted.
Already, former Nigerian captain Austin Okocha has criticised the coach for not sticking to the creative players (like Osaze) and 'wrong tactics' in the game.
Nigeria plays Bosnia in a fate decider on Saturday, the coach needs to apologise for the Iran result, quit blaming and run the pitch, not powers.