Oba Martins played the first 79 minutes for Nigeria against the Ivory Coast, yesterday but a late great goal by Chelsea star Salomon Kalou, was enough to beat Nigeria 1-0.
Oba Martins – excited about Kevin Keegan at Newcastle
The Evening Chronicle caught up with Oba today and managed to get an interview with him on all that had happened since Oba left for the African Cup of Nations – including Keegan being his new manager.
Oba said today:
â€œKeegan is a symbol in Newcastle.â€ â€œI do not know him as a coach although people in Newcastle have always spoken very highly of him.â€
â€œThe Allardyce sacking surprised me because I did not think that we were in a critical situation, but the decision was influenced by a string of bad results.”
“And when that happens it is the manager who pays for it with his job.â€ â€œKeegan knows the Premier League well so I think he is the right man for the job.â€
â€œI have heard about the option of Alan Shearer returning, but the players do not have a say on this. It is up to the board. I just want what is best for the club.â€ â€œI believe Newcastle have the players to fight for a place in the UEFA Cup and not worry about relegation.â€
â€œIt is difficult for me not to be there at this tough time but I think people understand that it is important for me to play for my country.â€
Martins will in action again for Nigeria against Mali again on Friday night. Maki beat Benin 1-0 last night.
We’re not sure if Kevin has been able to speak to Martins, Beye, Faye and Geremi, who are all participating in Africa, but we would have thought he’s had some contact with them by now.
We have all the games of our 4 players who are participating in the African Cup of Nations, on the top of the column to the far right, on our site.
Looks like Geremi’s Cameroon are losing 4-2 to Egypt at the time of writing.
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