Thursday, August 17, 2017

Obafemi Martins May Earn S’ Eagles Recall

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Ahead of next month’s Super Eagles 2018 preliminary World Cup qualifier against Djibouti or Swaziland, Nigerian international and Seattle Sounders striker, Obafemi Martins is to be recalled to the National side, by coach Sunday Oliseh.

Martins, who has been in top-form for his Major League Soccer (MLS) side in the USA, is expected to boost the Super Eagles attack and also offer stiff competition to Odion Ighalo and Emmanuel Emenike, a source in the NFF has revealed.

According to the source, the Eagles attack has not impressed coach Sunday Oliseh, by scoring 5 goals in 4 games.

However, despite preferring Ighalo to Emenike in attack, Oliseh needs a good option with loads of national team experience to rival the Watford star who has scored 5 goals in eight EPL games so far, the source said.

“Obviously, Martins is an option we are considering in attack and he could make a return to the team but the coach has the final say on that,” the highly-placed source told Complete Sports.

“Emenike has not showed the handlers he could be relied on in the games he has played.”

“The coach wants his forwards to be aggressive and press high up but that has not been the case.”

Martins has scored 14-goals in 19 appearances for Sounders who are fifth on the Western Conference log.

It could be recalled that, Martins reportedly called it quit with the Super Eagles last year, but the report has since been denied by his representatives, who insists the star was quoted out of context.

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