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Martins Willing To Play For Oliseh, Denies Retirement

Close on eight months after reportedly calling it quits with the Nigeria national soccer team, Obafemi Martins has stated his desire to play for the Super Eagles if invited by coach Sunday Oliseh.

The Seattle Sounders striker, who last represented Nigeria two years ago in a 2014 World Cup qualifier   against Kenya, says his first priority is to excel with his American Major League Soccer club, but would also leave the door open for a Super Eagles call-up.

“Things have changed at home and if the new coach said he wants me to play for Nigeria again, I’d jump at the chance,” Martins told BBC Sport.

“The opportunity to represent a country of over 170 million people doesn’t come often and I will never turn it down. “But right now I’m just focusing on giving my best to Seattle Sounders and take it from there.”

Speaking on his retirement from the national team, which was widely reported by the media in December 2014, Martins, scorer of 18 goals in 39 appearances for Nigeria, described it as untrue.

“I never announced my retirement, as wrongly reported. I was a bit disappointed to be treated like a Nigeria outcast but it was not enough to push me into an early retirement,” he said.

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