Oba Martins’ Mother Dies In Lagos

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.

105 comments so far

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Condolences to Oba and his family. Hope it doesnt affect him like Kuyt his father’s death affected him a lot.

  • scott9

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #2

    wot can i say i am really sorry to hear about that martins i dnt think our concerns shud b about wheather he will b ok to start the seasons i think our concerns need to b with martins and the death of his mum.

  • Chris

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Oba was very close to his mum. My heart goes out to him and his family. RIP Oba’s mum. 🙁

  • Luke

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #4

    @Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    what kind of comment is that?

    sympathies oba

  • natedawg

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #5

    thoughts go out to the martins , RIP

  • Lull

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Condolences to Oba and his family 🙁

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #7

    You have seen what happened to Kuyt since his Father passed away and I dont want it to happen to Oba. And im not sure what i should say. Sorry if it upset you.

  • Tom

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Mines about 140

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Condolences to Oba and his family


  • Michael (NOR)

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Condolences to Oba and his family:-(

  • Leeg123

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #11

    any 1 watchin the hibs barca game sign gudjohnsen up now. rip Mrs Martins

  • Paul R

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Sad News … All the Best Oba …

    There is no doubt he has done his Mother and us Geordies proud – he will get through it as he is a strong un and im sure his Mother will still watch out for him doing his summersaults in th future… starting at Old Trafford … RIP Alhaja Martins.

    Thoughts also go out to the rest of his family & friends aswell.

  • Lull

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope he take it well. The kid is just 22-years old, it really sadden me to see a child lost his/her parents, especially at young age 🙁

  • paul [

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #14

    very tragic news this evening. my thoughts go out to oba and the rest of his family.

  • John

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    RIP Mrs Martins

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #16

    You know we love you Oba, we all feel your pain, and will support you however we can.

    R.I.P Mrs Martins

  • Dondatta13

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #17

    R.I.P the late Mrs Martins … He often flew out to tend to his sick mother, Im personally devistated for the lad.

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #18

    R.I.P Alhaja Martins!

  • Dips

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #19

    If anyone can help Oba through hard times, I would bet on KK. Condolences to the Martins family.

  • Nick C

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Very sad news….


    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #21

    thinking of you and your family! Sorry to hear about the death of your mother! R.I.P!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Dondatta13 you are personally devastated?..bit strong did you know her I suppose you are still in shock about Keegan’s nephew eh?

    RIP Oba Mom I am sure Keegan will be looking after Oba.

  • harrier

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Condolences to Obafemi and his family

  • domtoon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    My goodness it’s been a sad day today for the Toon :o(.

    God be with Oba and his family :o(. May his ma rest in peace :o(.

  • Clive

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to Oba.
    As had been said, it is very sad and tragic when someone so young looses their mum. Especially when it is so unexpected.

    KK will no doubt help, as will I am sure his team mates through this difficult time.

    Perhaps the players could wear a black arm band in the next game. That would be a very fitting thing to do. I am sure they will.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Best wishes to Oba and his family.

  • Zero Cool

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Oba’s mum loved Newcastle City and Newcastle United. She was certainly one of the Toon Faithful…she will be missed.

    Our hearts go to you Oba

  • Mac

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry for the tragic loss of your Mam. RIP Mrs Martins.

  • meiny_obano9

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #29

    condolences to oba and his family. RIP

  • toonarmy08

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #30

    RIP MRS MARTINS .he will bang 20 -25 goals in nxt season 4 his mums memory.sincere condolences oba !!

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Very sad news for Oba and at such a young age to lose a parent and to have lived so far from her, my thoughts are definately with you.

  • willy

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #32

    its a great loss,i must confess it will affect his game,though i dont pray so,hopefully not.i knew him back in nigeria,his mother is so dear to him.sorry,i wish u a peaceful heart.


    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Rest in peace Mrs.Martins
    An opening day hat trick against the red devils dedicated to your moms Oba. Our hearts are with you.

  • AndyT

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Can only add my condolances to those already here. RIP and thoughts to the entire Martins familly

  • Marty

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Condolences to the Martins family,very sad news for Oba.
    May God help you all as you grieve the loss of your mum.

  • craig chisholm

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #36

    i think they will wear black armbands on the first home game too……..and oba will score three for his mum!!
    you see that reyes has knocked us back due to personal terms? it looks like most players that dont come is due to personal terms these days. thats good news, we can still attract them in the first instance but only the true players who want to sign for us are doing so, this makes me warm to guthrie and spiderman even more. looks like duff will be our new truran i would say.

  • stantos

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #37

    My thoughts are with Oba, may your mum RIP.

  • hadrian

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #38

    poor poor oba

    i wonder if there is anything we can do for him at this time ( i know , nothing replaces a loved one)
    but maybe tribute song or two during the games .

    his mother was a big part of keeping him in newcastle .

    the whole of geordieland is thinking of you mate .


    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Screw Reyes i hope we really weren’t in for him. He’s a light weight. Not suited for the prem.

  • Kaler

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Horrible thing to happen to someone at any age, but Oba is the same age as me and I’d hate to lose either of my parents. My thoughts go out to him and his family.

    Off topic, just read this on the skysports site:
    Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin is open to a move to Tottenham. According to Sky sources, he would welcome the chance to speak with chairman Daniel Levy.

    God those yids will be smug if they land Ar$havin. Effing Spuds, bain of our lives at the minute.


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