Nigeria wait on Martins fitness

DURBAN - Nigeria will decide on the fitness of striker Obafemi Martins by the end of Friday before finalising their squad for the African Nations Cup finals, the Nigerian Football Federation said.

Martins was being examined by Nigerian medical staff in Durban to determine the extent of his recovery after surgery on a shin injury picked up in November while playing for his German club VfL Wolfsburg.

If he was not considered fit to make the 23-man squad, he would be replaced by Chinedu Obasi of German club Hoffenheim, Nigerian press reports said.

World Cup finalists Nigeria face Benin, Mozambique and defending champions Egypt in Group C in the tournament in Angola, which starts on Sunday.