The forward of the Super Eagles with a radiant heel is only two games less than the country’s record for most games
Ahmed Musa quickly includes a record of Nigeria’s national team achieved by Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.
Musa achieved his 99th international cap after appearing in the World Cup qualifier against Peter Butler’s Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Friday.
With the three-time African kings winning 2-0 thanks to a Kelechi Iheanacho prop, he was introduced to the Leicester City man in the 84th minute.
The Kano Pillars legend has battled it out with 98 games, eight more than former Chelsea and Stoke City star John Obi Mikel, who ended international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt.
He is now two games short of Yobo and Enyeama’s mark, and the former man from Leicester City and CSKA Moscow, who has 15 international goals to his credit, can match their performance if he plays in the country’s next two games against Cape Verde. and Central would play African Republic.
Fatih Karagumruk’s forward surpassed Mikel as the third Super Eagles player with the biggest player to play in an international friendly against Algeria on October 9, 2020.
Musa shot into international spotlight after helping Nigeria U23 win the Wafu Nations Cup in 2010, where he scored goals against Benin Republic and Burkina Faso.
His performance invited him to the senior national team before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, although he was unable to make the 30-man squad due to the ankle injury.
During the Fifa U20 World Cup in Colombia in 2011, the former Kano Pillars man scored three goals in five matches, and he was included in FIFA’s shortlist for the Adidas Golden Ball.
After representing the country at the youth level, the fast forward made his senior debut on 5 August 2010 in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar – which came in as a substitute for Mikel in the 2-0 victory.
He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in an international friendly against Kenya in March 2011.
The three-time winner of the Russian Premier League has played in Nigeria at two Afcon championships as well as two Fifa World Cups.
He is also the country’s leading scorer in the global soccer presentation with four goals to his name, all against Argentina.