Martins who last played for the Eagles in an international friendly against Venezuela in the United States of America, said, “I must say we are very sorry for the 1-1 draw. We know that every Nigerian expected us to come out with a victory against Kenya but unfortunately we could only manage a 1-1 draw. All hope is not lost and I am confident we have what it takes to beat them when we go for the return leg.”
The former Levante striker pleaded with Nigerians to give the Eagles all support even as he stressed that he still has more to offer the national team.
“What the coach and the players need now is support from every Nigerian. I don’t think criticism will do us any good. It will only put pressure on us. So, I would want them to continue to give us their full support because it is what the team needs at this moment.”
“Due to my absence from the national for the Africa Cup of Nations, I believe a lot of people think my time with the team is over. I believe I still have a lot to give to the team. All I need to do is to continue to work hard in my new club in order to get called up for future games.”
On his substitution, Martins says, “I have no problems with being substituted. I am not the manager. He knows best and I respect his decision.”