The agent of Obafemi Martins has insisted the Newcastle striker has missed Nigeria’s World Cup qualifiers due to a bone fide ankle injury.
Oba Martins – has an ankle injury
Chris Nathaniel, Oba’s agent, told the Nigerian newspaper Kick-Off today:
“First of all, I would like to say that Obafemi takes his country’s assignments very seriously. He is very patriotic and is proud to be Nigerian,” “He actually had ankle injuries which he managed to play the last matches of his club season with the aid of pain killers.”
“In order not to aggravate the injuries, he had to see a doctor on time and right now he is in Italy for a check-up to determine the extent of the ankle injuries.” “Obafemi and I made attempts to inform the NFA officially, despite the fact that his injuries have been widely reported in newspapers.”
“Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu did not communicate with the player and he also found it difficult to get across to the coach before the Austria friendly.” “They do not have his contact addresses, telephones, e-mails and the rest. Martins should not be blamed for Amodu’s inability to get his correct contact details.”
“I think it is the duty of the staff of the NFA to make sure they have the details of all the players playing for the nation.” “And if they had done that, then the coach would be able to get in contact with Obafemi without any problem. I don’t think anybody can blame the player for that.”
Of course this is not the first time that Nigeria have been expecting Oba at a training camp, and he hasn’t turned up, for whatever reason.
But the Nigeria FA is not too well organized in having the right contact details for their players, which seems rather amazing in these times of the Internet and instant email communications.
We assume that Oba will be given a rest over the summer, so he can fully recover from these injuries, which is very good for the club that pays him, Newcastle United.
We hope Oba is fit for pre-season training, which starts July 6th, as he will be an important player for Newcastle next season, there’s no doubt about that.