Time to hand Obagoal a recall

Not since the era of Sunday Oliseh that Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins has been called up to the Super Eagles squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

With the lack of firepower in the current set up, The Cable thinks it’s about time that coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr should do that.

The “Weapon Of Mass Destruction” was on the lips of everyone following his world class treble for Shanghai Shenhua in the club’s 4-2 victory over Hebei CFFC on Saturday.

His first was a brilliantly taken strike, his second a fantastic rebound, his third a clinical finish at the near post.

And the question has to be asked as to why Obagoal hasn’t gotten the chance he deserves under Rohr.

But exactly what is Rohr’s reasoning? He has tried to give players like Olarennwaju Kayode, Henry Onyekuru and Anthony Nwakaeme the opportunities to challenge first choice striker Odion Ighalo. All have failed to impress.

Last season for an inconsistent Shanghai Shenhua side, Martins was one of the few shining lights. He has continued to produce the goods on the field.

Despite his rich vein of form in the Chinese Super League, it is curious as to why he has just simply been discarded. It is not like any new talents have emerged to take his place, definitely not one of Martins’ ilk. And given his rare talent, it makes it all the more harder to understand.

As a young player, Martins was very much heralded as Nigeria’s new fantasista: the type of player whose creative genius could decide matches with either a wonderful goal or by creating one for his teammates.

Martins remains a player Nigeria could really do with come Russia. One who in an instant can change the course of a match. And when it comes to big tournaments, as the likes of Osaze Odemwingie, Kalu Uche, Emmanuel Emenike, Brown Ideye and Ikechukwu Uche have shown down the years, this is sometimes all it takes.

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