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Odemwingie celebrates ‘popito’re-union

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Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie hit cloud 9 with a bang after a surprise re-union with former teammate and Ivorian international Abdul Kader Keïta popularly called ‘popito’

Highly elated Odemwingie who currently plies his trade with Indonesian liga 1 side Madura United posted a photo to celebrate their re-union on social media adding “A catch up with this legend. There is only one popito!”  That was not all however as he recalled apparently with nostalgia that both of them were once perfect team for French Ligue one side Lille adding “ones an unstoppable duo”

Odemwingie played for Lille from 2004-2007 while Popito played for the same club from 2005 to 2007.  Both however appear to have parted ways in 2007 when Popito joined French side Lyon while the Nigeria international headed for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

There is no doubt that both players made impressive contributions while they were with Lille and enjoyed ample playing time.  While Odemwingie made 75 appearances for the side scoring 23 goals, Popito made 73 appearances scoring 17 goals

At the national team levels while Odemwingie made 63 appearances for the Super Eagles scoring 10 goals, while his Ivorian friend made 72 appearances for the Elephants of Cote d Ivoire with 11 goals to his credit.

Odemwingie who joined Indonesia Madura United on 3rd April 2017 is in the list of top scorers of the league with 15 goals to his credit even as the team finished 5th on the 18-team log with 60 points in 34 matches.  The former Stoke and Cardiff City ace 15 goals of the season put him in the 7th position on the top scorers list. Dutch import Sylvano Comvalius who plays for Bali United however tops the chart with 37 goals.

The Nation

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