Oba Martins has said he has lost his inspiration after the tragic death of his mother.
Oba Martins – lost the inspiration of his mother
His mother, Alhaja Monsurat Martins, was the one person the striker says helped him make the most of his talent.
She died at the age of 62 in the early hours of Thursday, 24th July, when a petrol tanker burst into flames near the Orile Iganmu Bus Stop, where she lived, and she apparently died of shock.
Alhaja was described as being in good health until the shock of the explosion killed her, which Martins admitted only added to his upset, as he told the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œI never believed the story until I arrived Lagos,â€ â€œWhen my sisters called and broke the news to me, I did not believe them.”
“But when they insisted, I made up my mind to come home to see things for myself.â€Â â€œI am in shock,â€ â€œI never expected she would die now.”
“A day before her death we spoke at length on her dreams and aspirations for the people living around our house at Orile Iganmu.”Â “My mother had planned to make her neighbours comfortable.”
â€œI will miss her dearly because she was everything to me. She was my pillar and source of inspiration.” “Her presence brought a lot of goodwill to me. In fact, for me, after God, it was my mum.”
“She was my life. I donâ€™t know what I would have become without my mother.â€
This is so sad, and it seems like his mother had a heart of gold, which she has passed down to her son.
The former Inter Milan striker returned last week to join the Newcastle squad in training, and he could get treatment in Mallorca, rather than back in Newcastle in the circumstances.
Martins does have a slight knee injury but manager Kevin Keegan believed, rightly we think, it would be better for him to get treatment with his team mates in Mallorca.
It’s not good to be on your own in these cases, and life goes on, as hard as that seems at the time.
But we have some great senior players at the club and we just know they will be helping Oba out big time in his grief.
We even think Kevin will bring Oba on as a substitute on Wednesday against PSV Eindhoven, if he’s fit enough,Â so the crowd can give the lad a standing ovation – which will show just how much our fans love him. Kevin Keegan does things like that, and we fully expect it.
â€œWe felt it was very important he came with us,â€ â€œIt was such a sudden thing with his mother. But hopefully the lads will help him get over it.”
“Heâ€™ll have treatment here and do his gym work around the lads.”
â€œWe felt it would be beneficial for him to come here.â€
Kevin will also be a great help to the youngster, becasue he’s such a great person and so well like in the football game – and we all know why.
Martins is said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery, so an appearance by the very popular player on Wednesday night might just be on the cards – we hope so.