Obafemi Martins: I’m ready to play for Nigeria again


Seatle Sounders striker, Obafemi Martins has not ruled out a Nigeria return, but admitted he is focusing on his MLS club career.

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.

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins

“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.

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