The former Super Eagles forward has expressed his readiness to embark on a new adventure as retirement is no where near his present plans, Soccernet.ng can authoritatively report.
Obafemi Martins has revealed a few of the reasons why he is still not considering retiring from the beautiful game after an almost two-decade playing career.
Demands from those who depend on him for their livelihood and his love for football rank high among the reasons pushing the 34-year-old free agent to continue to seek a club to play for.
“I’m fit and I am just waiting for the right offer. I don’t really talk much, I just let my football do all the talking,” the former Inter Milan striker told Brila FM as monitored by Soccernet.ng.
“There were a couple of offers, but I turned them down because they weren’t right.
“I really do miss football. Among other things I’m still hungry for the action and I’ve also got mouths to feed. At my age, I had great deals in the past, but it’s about doing it for fun now.”
No concrete offer has surfaced for the former Newcastle man but the lack of competitive football won’t drive Martins into calling it quit.
“Well, the last time I played I was close to retirement; it was a serious consideration at the time, but right now I’m no where close to it.
At one point, Obafemi Martins was the most prominent striker for the Nigeria’s national football team, a time he recalls with fondness.
“When I started playing for Nigeria, it was a beautiful moment. Back then there were six or seven players in that position, so to get the chance to play was a thing of joy.
“But these days it’s different. It was Odion Ighalo at some point, and may be a few young names are coming through now.
“I really wanted to do more for Nigeria at the time, because you saw players in my time who were cautious and didn’t give their all.
“Most were too concerned about not getting injured, losing deals getting into trouble with their club sides; me I was tough and played with passion,” he concluded.
Martins featured 42 times for the Super Eagles, scoring 19 times until his last outing in 2015.