FINALLY Obafemi Martins Returns to Super Eagles
October 30, 2015
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FINALLY Obafemi Martins Returns to Super Eagles

The stage is set for the return of United States-based Obafemi Martins to the Super Eagles, as he has been included in the list of 23 players earmarked to face Swaziland in the World Cup 2018 qualifier. The list also includes six home -based professionals.
The reverse fixture will take place over four days next month, with the first leg in Lobamba on Friday, November 13 and the return leg at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, November 17.
Martins (31) has been out of the Super Eagles squads since 2013 when he played in a World Cup qualifier under Stephen Keshi. Prior to his invitation, he had spoken severally about his desire for a return to the squad, even as he has been in sterling form in the previous and current Major League Soccer (MLS) seasons. He has so far scored 15 goals in the MLS. He made his Nigeria debut more than a decade ago and has 18 goals in 39 appearances.
The invited players are:
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Dele Alampasu (Club de Sportivo Feirense, Portugal)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Kalu Orji (Enugu Rangers); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz, Germany); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors)
Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba FC); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders, USA)


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