Brave Martins A Toon Hero!

Last updated : 03 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Martins' 62-year-old mother, Alhaja Monsurat, died of shock after a petrol tanker burst into flames near her home in Lagos.

Martins: "I am in shock.

"I never expected she would die now. A day before her demise we spoke at length on her dreams and aspirations for the people living around our house at Orile Iganmu. My mother had planned to help her neighbours in whatever way she could.

"I will miss her dearly because she was everything to me. She was my pillar and my source of inspiration. Her presence brought a lot of goodwill in me. In fact, for me, after God, there was my mum.

"If I could come back to this life again, I would make it through her. She was my life. I don't know what I would have become without my mother.

"I never believed the story until I arrived in Lagos. When my sisters called and broke the news to me, I did not believe them. But when they insisted, I made up my mind to come home to see things for myself."

Keegan: "His attitude has been absolutely fantastic.

"He has trained very, very hard, and he has been very focused.

"Obviously his training was interrupted by the death of his mother, but he came back quickly and went straight into training again.

"He won't play in the two games, but he still wanted to be back with us.

"I'm delighted with all the players, but not least those who could have cut corners but have not."