Ghana 4 Nigeria 1: Nigeria coach hits out at Chelsea

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Chelsea and Obafemi Martins last night came under fire from Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen after Jon Obi Mikel played 90 minutes against Ghana and Martins did not feature in the 18-man squad.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said on Saturday Mikel would be out of action for two weeks with a thigh injury, but the midfielder played the whole of the friendly here.

Newcastle cleared Martins to play yesterday, but he failed to show and Eguavoen said he planned to take the matter "to the highest authority".

"Do I suspect Chelsea were not being straight with me? I should think so," he added. "He did not show any sign of injury so I am a bit surprised Chelsea should have said he was injured."

Ghana were superb after the interval, with Chelsea's Michael Essien in fine form. Laryea Kingston, Sulley Muntari, Junior Agogo and substitute Asamoah Frimpong were on target, with Nigeria's goal coming from a Taiwo Taye penalty.