Peter Odemwingie's inclusion in the Super Eagles' squad for Brazil sees the Russian-born striker return to the team for the first time for over a year. Odemwingie, who has a Russian mother and a Nigerian father, was not picked again after making his disappointment at being dropped from Nigeria's 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations squad public. He was, however, recalled by Stephen Keshi into the extended squad for Brazil and then came on as a substitute in Nigeria's 2-2 draw against Scotland at the end of May.
Keshi's decision to pick the Stoke City player, who scored six goals in 15 outings for the English Premier League club this year, is a sign of the confidence that Keshi has in Odemwingie's scoring abilities. The former Lokomotiv Moscow forward gives Keshi plenty of options upfront as he can be used in just about any position: as the only striker, a support striker, wide on either flank or even in midfield, where he can use his creativity to create plays. He first played for Nigeria in 2002 and captained the side at the finals of the 2010 AFCON before playing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa. He was also an over-age player in the Nigerian side at the 2008 Olympics, where the side lost in the gold medal match against a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.