Nigerian Manager Should Stop Criticizing Martins


Nigeria manager Shaibu Amodu has criticized Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins today, and it’s not for the first time.

Oba Martins – unfair criticism from Nigeria manager

Martins has in fact played quite well for Newcastle this season, scoring 5 goals during a difficult time for the club and the players.

The 24-year-old has struggled a little with injuries this season, but has still scored three goals in his last three outings for the black and whites, but Amodu still expects improvements. And Oba is mentally strong, having seemingly recovered from the terrible tragedy when his mother was killed in late July.

We wonder if Amodu understands these things.

Nigeria play Colombia in a friendly on Wednesday night, and Amodu watched Martins against Fulham last Sunday, but presumably was not impressed.

He said in The Sun today:

“Martins needs a look at his psyche. I am worried about him.” “Obviously he’s a good player but he needs to be prepared mentally to take up the challenges.”

“His team have found themselves in a precarious situation and I think psychologically now he should be worried himself.”

“I haven’t had the opportunity to work with Martins closely because since I came back to the national team he has not been able to show up.”

“His excuses have been injury but I think he is injury-prone. He needs to work more on his fitness.” “He’s small in physique and plays in attack so he is prone to knocks.”

“The only way you can keep playing at that level is to be very, very fit and to stay away from all the social vices.” “I’m not saying that is what’s involved but it is a clear criteria if you want to stay at the top of your game all the time.”

These words can hardly help anybody. It’s a dig by Amody at one of his potential players, who has been playing well for the Newcastle club, and if that’s all he has to say, maybe he should just not say anything.

We have no idea why Amodu, who has only been Nigeria manager since last April,  makes these senseless statements, which can hardly have Oba wanting to play for him.

But maybe that’s good for Newcastle, and quite honestly, that’s all we are worried about right now.    😀

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • rooks

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    this guy sounds like a right bellend. and not for the first time.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Oba .. great player .. lay off him.. on a side note just read this from the bbc new page.. its a quote from the times.
    At least one of the two American parties vying to buy the Magpies are engaged in the due diligence process. (The Times)

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  • Ronnie Chip-Pan

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Unfortunately the Nigerian manager is correct. Martins spends far too much time out in the town, particularly during the week, and till the early hours. Check out your local strip clubs at these times and find out for yourselves.

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  • Ronnie Chip-Pan

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    SWEENDOG – don’t believe everything you read…..

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  • sweendog

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    ronnie .. I don’t usually, but coming from the times I think its fair to say they’re aren’t gutter press and the times are usually spot on ..

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  • stjames

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    I tend to agree with Amodu. Oba is still only promising to be a great player.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    he may be right .. but is that the way to address it but getting quoted talking about players in the press.. suppose you don’t know the bigger picture .. ie has the new manager had a private word about this and its not been listened to etc..

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  • keith

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    ronnie you sound like a man who is in the know there!

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    keith- ronnie collects the glasses.

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  • ronaldeano

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/newcastle/article5150659.ece

    Heres the link for the article in the times.

    And piss off AO, Fernando,

    NUFC are a bigger club than Spurs, get over it you bellend

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Amodu sounds like a jerk, surprised Ashley hasn’t touted him for our next manager!

    AO, what a sad life you have.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Reading between the lines it sounds like the nigerian coach is telling Martins he should leave Newcastle United.

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  • Xisco Stu

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Amodu is right, Oba is rubbish. Please don’t select him for Nigeria again 😉

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    anyway where would they find fit birds in Newcastlte for the strip club, theyre all dogs

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  • Kenneth

    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    He is right you know

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Are they birds or dogs?..Dick!..
    …Maybe they’re bird dogs?..

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #17

    oba dont listen to that tw** of a manager, 4 goals in 7 games? keep doing what your doing!

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  • STS_TOON

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Improve his psyche…pffft! He’s built like a tank!

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  • michael12

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree Martins does need to improve in a lot of areas.

    One area important to any player is the ability to think. We must admit as much as we like Martins, should think more often that succumb to instinct. There are times when he is in a perfect “team” goal scoring opportunity and instead of reading the game or laying off the chance for the best poised player, he goes for a shot that really is not.

    He acts too quickly when he should assess the situation to fully understands what options are available to the team. He has many attributes similar to Owen at his peak but the main thing he lacks is the ability to read the game else, he would be as deadly as Owen was in his youth.

    A criticism is not an attack, but is a constructive recommendation to improvement.

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  • toon in toronto

    Nov 14, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #20

    my 2nd fav toon #9

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  • Toon Olly

    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #21

    sts toon dont mean to take the mick like but pysche doesn’t mean ‘physique,’ he was talking about his mental attidute:)
    lets take three points tomoro, we bloody need em and if we can get build up a decent home form that may be the key to saving our season

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  • STS_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon Olly – Aye sorry, My mistake…I never actually read it properly. Ha.

    And as for 3 points tomorrow! Barton’s going to score.

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