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Martins lauds atmosphere in Super Eagles camp

13 November 2015, 15:04

Mbabane - Super Eagles striker Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins says he is impressed with the competition in the team ahead of Friday's 2018 FIFA World Cup African Qualifying Round 2 clash with Swaziland.

Martins is part of the Super Eagles squad that travelled for the first leg of the preliminary round of the qualifier.

Competition in the team has heightened as head coach Sunday Oliseh seeks to build a side capable of winning the away fixture.

Martins, who plays for US Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders, says training has been genuinely competitive.

“The atmosphere has been great since I linked up with the team and you see that we are all doing our bid to impress the coach,” Martins said in a chat with News24.

“It’s always good to see every one fighting for shirts in the team.”

Also read: Oliseh hands recall to Martins for Swaziland ties

Martins was recalled by coach Oliseh to the Nigeria side that will play matches against Swaziland.

The former Inter Milan, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan and Levante striker had been out of the Super Eagles set-up since 2013 when he played in a World Cup qualifier under Stephen Keshi. He had talked about retiring from the national side after being ignored by the former coach who he claimed did not like him.

The Sounders striker has been in impressive form this year scoring 15 goals in the MLS so far.

He made his Nigeria debut more than a decade ago and has 18 goals in 39 appearances.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles had a feel of the Somhlolo National Stadium, venue of Friday’s match, as Coach Sunday Oliseh supervised a 45–minute session under the floodlights.

Friday's match will get underway by 7pm Swaziland time, which is 6pm in Nigeria.

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