More bad news is now coming through on the death of Oba Martins’ mother.
Kevin Keegan – has told Oba to take all the time he needs
It’s now bring reported that Oba’s mother Alhaja, 62, actually died in her car as she attempted to move it away from a blazing petrol tanker, that was close to her home in Lagos, the Nigerian capital.
It is also being reported this morning that she was all set to move to Newcastle permanently in September, to be with her famous son.
Alhaja Monsurat Martins apparently died of shock.
Martins’ brother, Biola, said Obafemi was close to his mother:
“He just wanted to get on the plane and find out for himself that our mother is truly no more,”
“He’s still in shock and disbelief and feels terribly down. Oba always consulted her first in any decision to do with his career.”
“Our mother stood by him when everyone else condemned his decision to dump school in pursuit of an unpredictable future in football.”
“He once got himself into trouble for choosing to be with her at a time she was ill instead of playing in a friendly for Nigeria.”
With this terrible news, Oba is set to miss most of the Newcastle pre-season after returning to Nigeria, to be with the mother he always talked of so lovingly.
Martins was on a plane to Lagos from London last night, and manager Kevin Keegan has told the 23 year-old to spend as much time as is needed with his family, before even thinking of coming back to Newcastle.
It could be some time before Oba plays again for the club, and this is a big blow to Kevin, but of course it’s much more important that Oba be with his family, after such a tragic event.
We had reported this news yesterday, but didn’t have the awful details at that time.
We feel so sorry for Oba and his family, and our hearts go out to them.