African Cup

Nigeria: Martins to play in ‘Nations Cup’

29122012C-Obafemi-MartinsLevante striker Obafemi Martins may have been dropped from coach Stephen Keshi’s team to the 2013 Africa Nations Cup holding in January in South Africa but the diminutive player has received another chance to feature in a Nations Cup tournament on Friday (today) at the Apapa Navy Ground, Ajegunle, Lagos.

Martins exclusion alongside several other top players from the trip to South Africa was greeted with mixed reactions but the former Inter Milan forward has been listed as one of several foreign-based players expected to feature in an exhibition match at the ongoing Ajegunle Mock Nations Cup.

The match tagged ‘Homecoming’ will involve some of the country’s best stars plying their trade in the European leagues against their home-based counterparts.

Also listed for the match is Dynamo Kiev forward, Brown Ideye, who made the Super Eagles 32-man provincial list for South Africa 2013.

Other foreign-based players expected to feature in the game are former Flying Eagles captain and Granada forward, Odion Ighalo, Sweden-based Eddy Egbe, Eyo Archibong from Switzerland, Lawal Momoh from Germany, Don Kefe and several others.

Director of the competition, Lawrence Alabra, said most of the players who will be in action on Friday started their careers through the Mock Nations Cup.

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