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Cameroon eye Martins call-up Monday 9 February, 2004

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Inter¡¦s young Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins is reportedly wanted by African rivals Cameroon.

Martins was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but it¡¦s alleged that Cameroon believe he is eligible to play for them.

The teenager, who declined to take part in the African Cup of Nations event to aid Inter¡¦s season, may have Cameroon origins.

Ironically, Nigeria beat Cameroon 2-1 in the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations tournament yesterday.

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can u believe that, if he goes to Cameroon for Nigeria that would be a big blow but seriously though Cameroon needs strikers more than ever... Eto'o was just useless at the ACN except for the goal against Nigeria he was missing like that's what he came to do
 

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What the **** is that all about? I never knew NT's were like regular clubs, able to "purchase" other players. :rolleyes:
 

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There's no doubting the kid's qualities, but one has to question his commitment to his National side (be it Cameroon or Nigeria). The African Nations Cup is the most prestigious tournament in any African National team's calendar, and by refusing to take part with Nigeria makes you wonder how are Cameroon going to benefit from him (when his club comes calling as usual).
 

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Martins in Nigeria pledge Tuesday 10 February, 2004

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Inter ace Obafemi Martins has rejected the chance to play for Cameroon by insisting he is totally Nigerian.

Cameroon had hoped to convince the striker to opt for them after he turned down the chance to represent Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations.

"I was born in Lagos and I am therefore totally Nigerian," said the 20-year-old sensation. "I want to play for Nigeria and I will do.

"I consider Nigeria to be a strong footballing nation and I want to help to make them an even better side."

Cameroon were hoping that Martins, thanks to the origins of his parents, would play for them in this month¡¯s friendly against the Ivory Coast.

Martins is considered as one of African football¡¯s brightest prospects after he burst onto the Italian scene last season.

He¡¯s scored some crucial goals but he also gives the Italian side an extra attacking option with his unbelievable pace.

Martins decided to not respond to Nigeria¡¯s international call last month as he didn¡¯t want to be away from Inter at this crucial stage of the season.

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Oh, I didn't know Martins has Cameroonian parents. That changes everything of course ;)
 
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