Obafemi Martins says he is interested in a return to the Super Eagles under new coach Sunday Oliseh
Nigerian and Seattle Sounders striker, Obafemi Martins wants to return to the Super Eagles under the leadership of the new coach Sunday Oliseh.
The former Inter Milan striker last played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria a 2013 in FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Kenya.
Martins has been on form for his MLS side Seattle Sounders and have scored 17 goals and 13 assists in his second season in America.
The 30-year-old in a recent interview said he is interested in playing for the Super Eagles.
"Things have changed at home and if the new coach [Sunday Oliseh] said he wants me to play for Nigeria again, I’d jump at the chance,” the striker told BBC Sport.
“The opportunity to represent a country of over 170 million people doesn’t come often and I will never turn it down.
“But right now I’m just focusing on giving my best to Seattle Sounders and take it from there.”
Martins, who has scored 18 goals in 39 games for Nigeria reiterated he has not resigned from international football.
“I am a Nigerian and playing for my country is always an honour,” he said.
” I never announced my retirement, as wrongly reported. I was a bit disappointed to be treated like a Nigeria outcast but it was not enough to push me into an early retirement.
“I know if I have a good, successful season with Sounders and Nigeria come calling, fair enough. If they don’t, then hopefully I’ll have something big to celebrate in Major League Soccer.”
Martins according to report had given hope of playing for the Super Eagles again until the appointment of Oliseh.
A close source of the striker told News Watch some months ago that he understands that then coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi was not a fan of the striker.
"He is beginning to face the reality of the situation; so I don’t think he is still thinking about the Super Eagles any longer," Martins close friend Gabriel Olalekan said.
“He thought he would make it to the last World Cup, but he missed it. He was disappointed about it and that was like the last straw that broke the camel’s back. There are lots of younger players waiting on the wings to be capped, so he is aware that his chances of coming back to the Super Eagles are very slim.’’
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