Wigan boss Martinez: Where'd Newcastle be if Senegal made African Nations Cup?
But Wigan manager Martinez fears he will lose his Ivory Coast ace Arouna Kone for up to seven weeks as a result of beating Senegal to the finals.
"It is a catastrophe from Senegal's point of view, that they failed to qualify, but from Newcastle's point of view, it's a blessing," said Martinez ahead of Wigan's trip to St James' Park tonight.
"These kind of players can really make a difference. To lose one key player for over a month can be devastating. To lose two is a major problem.
"Sometimes small margins have big results and for Newcastle to be able to keep their two main strikers will have a massive bearing on their month."