Ex Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins has revealed that part of the major reasons he retired of international was the hatred of out of contract coach Stephen Keshi had for him.
“He never wanted me in the national team from the scratch,” Martins who scored the only goal of the Football for Hope charity game told Complete Sports.
“So instead of waiting for a call I called it quits with the team.He never called me I did the calling because I was passionate about the team and the progress.
“I respected him as a coach but I don’t think he reciprocated it.”
Martins who played twice under Keshi – a friendly against Venezuela in Miami and a World Cup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar – without scoring further revealed that he had no regrets in his decision.
“There are steps you take not because you like them but because you want to focus on the challenge ahead.”
Martins made his first appearance for the Super Eagles on May 29, 2004, against Ireland. He has been capped 38 times and scored 18 goals.
He made two appearances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing a total of 71 minutes in the group stages against Korea and Argentina. He also played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010.