Greatness may have eluded Ossy Martins, but the ex-Abia Warriors forward is exactly what Rivers United need, in Ademetan Abayomi’s opinion.
His match winning strike from the penalty spot for Rivers United in the one-nil win over Katsina United on Wednesday further highlighted his rich form of four goals so far in the 18/19 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
If you think back you can pinpoint the exact moment when Ossy Martins seemed set for greatness.
The former ABS FC, Kwara United and FC Ifeanyi Ubah forward has always had a nice rhythm to his goal scoring, but has never really been able to hit the high notes.
Greatness might have eluded him then but what Ossy is beyond any shadow of a doubt, he is a ‘bomber’ that can thrive with any club. He isn’t an Emem Eduok, Mfon Udoh or Junior Lokosa, but skid a ball across the six yard line or whip a cross onto his bonce and the chances are it’ll end up in the net, and that’s why Rivers United are so delighted to have signed him.
It is, they hope, the end of a very long hunt for the Pride of Rivers, who have cycled through innumerable forwards in search of a reliable goal scorer.
Whether the switch constitutes a step up for his personally is another matter. Abia Warriors and Rivers United are more or less on the same level and simply assuming the latter will be more successful because they spend more money would be dangerous.
This change of environment might be visa to a move abroad which might not be such a long shot after all.