Eguavoen Confirms Ahmed Musa’s Retirement Date From Super Eagles
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Super Eagles Coach, Augustine Eguavoen have confirmed that skipper of the team, Ahmed Musa Will retire form the international football after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
The quadrennial global football showpiece will hold in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December, 2022
Nigeria reached the final qualifying play-off stage where they will face perennial rivals Ghana in a two-leg battle to determine who picks one of the five slots for Africa continent.
Eguavoen, interim coach of the Eagles, penciled the 29-year-old Fatih Karagümrük winger for the clashes Ghana later this month.
Defending his decision for inviting the former Leicester City winger to the team, Eguavoen explained that Musa’s recent invitation to the Super Eagles is a tradition established for a long time.
Eguavoen who also doubled as the Nigeria Football Federation technical director said that Musa is being honored with a slot in the squad like other Captains before him.
“We are from a country that doesn’t forget tradition, we don’t forget history. These are things we did for late Keshi, 1994 he wasn’t playing but he was our leader. These are things we did for people like Peter Rufai, Joseph Yobo.
“He has agreed that after the World Cup he’s going to retire. We will still accord him that respect and honour because he’s got a major role to play in the team,” Eguavoen was quoted.
“Ahmed Musa has got some leadership qualities whether we like or not as well but he can always give us some good 45-60 minutes when it becomes really necessary, that is why we try to see how we can help him honorably leave the scene hopefully after the World Cup,” Eguavoen said.
The Fatih Karagümrük winger is Nigeria’s most capped male payer at 103 games for the Super Eagles.
Ahead Musa made is international debut for the Super Eagles on 5 August 2010, at the age of 17 during a qualification match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations against Madagascar, where he came on as a substitute for Mikel John Obi in a 2–0 win.
Musa scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a March 2011 friendly against Kenya.
He became the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match, after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Musa is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions, after scoring twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
He was a member of the Al Nassr squad that won the Saudi Premier League and Saudi Super Cup, both in 2019