Odemwingie unsure of World Cup place

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic reckoned that Nigerian forward Peter Odemwingie will be a force to watch at the FIFA 2014 World Cup if the fellow was sure of his future with the Nigeria national team.

The Super Eagles winger joined the Potters during the January transfer window from Cardiff City, in a player exchange with striker Kenwyne Jones going the other way.

Odemwingie has netted three times in seven appearances so far and Bosnia and Herzegovina international Begovic has been impressed with how he has settled at the club.

“He’s been great. I’d heard some good things about him from before, and he’s enjoying playing in the team as much as we’re enjoying having him,” Bergovic said in an interview with Stokes Sentinel.

“It seems like the system and the way we are trying to play (at Stoke) suits him well. He’s been committed to the cause right from the start.

“Normally it takes a while for new players to settle in, but Peter’s been flying. He’s given us a bit more pace and skill as well, things we needed. He’s been a huge signing for us and that’s great work by the coaches to get him here, he continued.

The Potters goal-minder added that they have been talking about the World Cup in the locker room and he expects the teasing to hit a high when the final squads are announced.

“Me and Peter have been teasing each other a little bit,” he continued. “He’s not quite sure he’s going to be in the squad yet and we all have to keep working hard to make sure we get our places for Brazil, said Begovic.

“Once the squads gets finalised I’m sure the banter, the texts and the jokes will be flowing.”