Martins Accused Of Bad Attitude Towards Nigeria

Former Nigerian international Etim Esin has suggested that Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins might lose his position in the National team.


Oba Martins – keeps missing games with Nigeria – so what?

Esin is accusing Martins have not having a good attitude towards playing for the Nigerian national side.

Oba pulled out of a friendly game against Austria in Graz last month to attend his friend’s wedding.

He again ruled himself out of this month’s 2010 Nations Cup/World Cup Qualifier, because of a bone fide ankle injury.

But Nigeria won their two previous qualifying matches without Oba and Etim believes the Newcastle striker will have to fight to back into the team.

Etim said:

“Somebody should talk to Martins and tell him to knuckle down,”

“How can a national team player prefer a wedding to a match for his country? Is the wedding bigger than the nation?”

“There are a lot of young players coming up and Martins should know the national team will not wait for him forever.”

“Look at what Uche (Ikechukwu) is doing and then there are still Victor Anichebe, Obinna Nsofor and others waiting for their chance.”

“I like Martins as a player, but he is not indispensable and Amodu might also be thinking along that line.”

“The coach knows what to do and if he decides that Martins is no longer in his plans, nobody should blame him.”

“I hope Martins won’t come back to say Amodu hates him if the coach insists in the future that he has to wait in line before getting another chance.”

“He just has to sit up and change his attitude; Nigeria is too big to be held to ransom by one player.”

We hate to be so straight forward here, but perhaps Oba doesn’t want to play all the time for his country.

He certainly hasn’t gone out of his way over the last couple of years, and put himself out to play for them, that’s fairly obvious.

As a Newcastle supporter, that doesn’t worry us at all, and yes, we are being selfish about it, and we wouldn’t expect Nigerian fans to agree with us.

But Newcastle pay his vast wages, and his first responsibility has to be to his club – period.

In today’s world of football these guys need a break, for their own good, during the summer, and it’s very hard to get it with all the club and international games being played these days.

And we certainly don’t blame Martins for not playing for his country while injured.

Far too many club players have done that in the past, and come back to their clubs crocked. Newcastle have suffered more than most in that regard.

That is not the way to go, and they should be very wary of playing at all, if they have any kind of injury.

And if they then get criticized for not playing for their country – so be it.

Comments very welcome.

134 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    He is a w@nker, Oba can do what he wants aslong as he plays for us,

    Oba= L.A.D


  • chris_toon

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    i would prefer him not to play for his country to be honest that way he can can concentrate on newcastle united and performing his best for us if they got that many players that can replace him he won’t be missed will he lol 😀

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #3

    well if this is true he betta not show his face in nigeria they will try 2 shoot him again. i’d rather he wudnt play 4 them

  • Steeley

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s long been rumoured that he doesnt want to play for his country any more following the death threats he and his family received about 2 years ago.
    I dont blame the lad – his country is full of knife-wielding lunatics who would stab you as soon as look at you! If I was him I would never want to go there again – especially now that he has moved his family over here.
    Anyway – injury/friends wedding/washing his hair are the lame excuses he has to use for not playing….and I think he would perfectly happy if the bloody coach took the hint and stopped selecting him!

  • Davies

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    I took an extra couple of days off to go to a mate’s stag do. My boss was alright about it.

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    A marriage is alot more important than playing in an international football match imo.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Lets be honest Oba has picked and chosen his games he plays in for Nigeria.

    But do we care, not one bit.

    Oba might in a couple of years time though when Nigeria are playing in South Africa and he is’nt!

  • toonoholic

    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #8

    has anyone observed how fulham have been super busy buying players already ?

  • beye the great

    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah fullham have been busy i expect them to sign solano next as well and this is quite strange cos martins has a brilliant attitude for us i guess its maybe not a surprise though when he left last summer he nearly died

  • ToonKing

    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #10

    good, hope Oba never plays a national game again.

  • ende

    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #11

    good for fulham. off topic.

  • tapir

    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #12

    remind me of somebody name owen..hmmmmmmm

    by the way,france is a joke
    go out faster and GOmis is ours by next week

  • brad

    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13

    talksport have announced that keegan has quit over lack of funds!!!!

  • tapir

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #14

    link please

  • brad

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #15

    flatmate said it was on radio

  • stumpofthetoon

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #16

    i cant see that on talk sport like at all


    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Brad, you are trying to wind us up mate, if this were true it would be all over the newsnow site like a plague.

  • brad

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #18

    cant find anything on newsnow either

  • stumpofthetoon

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #19

    wot ever dont say shit like that

  • tapir

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #20

    nah,wait till it is in front page of NOTW or anal oliver column
    then its true!

  • brad

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #21

    skysports. everton agree fee for arda turan 10mill!!


    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #22

    I was going to say that refusing to play for your country was displaying lack of moral fibre but in view of the earlier comments re. the death threats etc. I would have to agree that discretion is the better part of valour and that I don’t blame him.

  • tapir

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #23

    when will KK be back?
    or is he back to the circus?


    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Brad keep trying I’m sure you will find a kite that will fly. 😉

  • tapir

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    ya brad,nice try
    try check echo
    might be Keano back to old trafford for SAF assistant by now????

  • oga

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Well I’m a fan of both.

    Oba never really wanted to play for Nigeria. Thats a disgraceful attitude to be honest. It is your duty to serve your country. Its also nice to watch players from your club performing in tournaments such as the world cup.

    If he messes up his chances he will regret it.

  • brad

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #27

    vdv,henry,riberry,and kuyt are all playing well tonight. maybe we could sign them all and we would be the best team in the world after tottenham hotspur. i am sure they would come to us cos we are ther best fans in the country .keegan the master tactician and motivater could get the best out of them. we wouldnt have to pay them to much as they would want to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world and they would be idolised by the fans. It doesnt matter that we have never won anything in my lifetime because you cant live in the past, we want to make hstory.

  • oga

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Steely you’re an ignorant mug. When have you been to his country to make such blunt statement?

  • JC

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone else think that boulahrouz would be a good buy?

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Funny story, I was just speaking with a Nigerian client who wants me to come over and lead a one-day workshop on usability.

    He was curious as to my experience working in Africa. I told him that I had spent time in Malawi conducting research but that I had never been to Nigeria. I then followed with “but I am a big fan of Obafemi Martins!” He immediately became excited and said, “Ah, it that case you are already welcome in Nigeria, you know all that you need to know as Oba is a legend here.”

    Seems the countrymen aren’t as bothered as the Nigerian FA.

    Oba is a Georide!

  • toonoot

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Steeley@4 – “I dont blame the lad – his country is full of knife-wielding lunatics who would stab you as soon as look at you!”

    You talkin ’bout Oba or Owen?

  • matt

    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #32

    he’d do well. he’s got henry in his pocket

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #33

    nice1 noot

  • Leo

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #34

    i would say he has every right to not want to play for his country, he is a geordie and wants to give his all to the club

    what a bloke i say

    plus with the threats and him nearly being killed i would say he is fair to give any of those reasons not to play

  • GSfan

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Gawd, what a weird situation. There’s the chance that both the world cup finalists won’t even make it past the group phase of the Euro cups now!

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Gomis doesnt look that special tonight but Holland as a team are looking on fire

  • grey man

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Gomis is a flat footed plug who,s work rate is non existant. Let’s buy him!

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Gomis did not look interested when he came on, that might be down to lack of experence. But he does not look like he is worth the money St Ettienne want for him

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Holland will win this tournement if they keep playing like that. They were fantastic tonight

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Holland we’re absolutely awesome tonight!


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