Obafemi Martins has announced that he is quitting the Nigeria national team the Super Eagles, nine years after making his debut in the green and white jersey.
Incidentally, Martins scooped the goal of the year award in the United States Major League Soccer, MLS, same day he was announcing his retirement from international football.
The Nigerian forward, who scooped more than half the votes, got the award for his Week 11 chipped effort from close to the touchline that he managed to loft over San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper, Jon Busch, and into the far corner.
Martins, who currently plays club football in the United States with Seattle Sounders, has been overlooked for the past 18 months; a development that could have contributed to his decision to quit national team football.
“I am done with my national team, I will not go there anymore,” Martins told Italian football site La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I do not have good relationships with some companions. If they do not want me anymore, peace. I love my country, I have given so much. But there are problems.”
The 30-year-old made his debut in 2004 in a 2-0 win over Ireland at the Abuja stadium,
The former Inter Milan forward played 39 times for Nigeria and scored 18 goals and represented the three time African Champions at four major tournaments; including the South Africa 2010 World Cup in which Martins played a key role for Nigeria to qualify.