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Martins Relishes S’Eagles Recall

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins, has revealed that he would cherish a return to the senior national team.

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins

Martins was called up just once in the last three years against Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Despite being his country’s most in-form striker last year, alongside Ikechukwu Uche, he was omitted from the Brazil 2014 squad

But Martins is not closing the door on the Super Eagles just yet.

“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,” Martins 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.”

It was widely reported in the Nigerian media that Martins – who scored 18 goals in 39 internationals for Nigeria – had retired from international football after falling out with ex-coach Stephen Keshi.

But the 30-year-old – who made a scoring debut for Nigeria in May 2004 against the Republic of Ireland – has no desire to hang up his international boots and believes he still has a lot to offer the three-time African champions.

“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.”

20 assists in 71 appearances for the club.