Very bad news today for our 23 year-old striker Oba Martins, as news has come through that his mother has died in Lagos.
Oba Martins was on a plane back to Nigeria tonight, after the reported sudden death of his mother in Lagos.
The player was immediately given compassionate leave by his club, Newcastle United, after his mother, Alhaja Martins, collapsed during the early hours of this morning, and was later pronounced dead in hospital.
Oba will need to handle the sudden death of his beloved mother, and her funeral.
He will not now be available for the Newcastle game this Saturday at Doncaster, which now fades into insignificance.
We offer Oba our sincere sympathies on this sudden and tragic event.