By Rachael Ugiagbe

Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins is on course to be recalled to the Super Eagles team for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Djibouti or Swaziland two years after he last played for Nigeria, according to Complete Sports Nigeria.

The Eagles attack has not impressed head coach Sunday Oliseh by scoring 5 goals in 4 matches. And despite preferring Odion Ighalo to Emmanuel Emenike, Oliseh needs a good option with wealth of experience to rival the Watford star.


Martins, who has been in a blistering form in the Major League Soccer (MLS), is regarded as a catalyst that could offer competition to Ighalo and Emenike who are both expected to be included in the squad for the qualifier.

“Obviously, Martins is an option we are considering in attack and he could make a return to the team but the coach has the final say on that,” the highly-placed source told Complete Sports Nigeria.

“Emenike has not showed the handlers he could be relied on in the games he has played.”

“The coach wants his forwards to be aggressive and press high up but that has not been the case.”

The former Inter Milan and Levante star has scored 15 goals in 19 appearances for the Sounders who sit fifth in the Western Conference.

Obafemi Martins reportedly quit the Super Eagles last year, but his representatives has since denied the report who insist he was quoted out of context.

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