The Super Eagles forward joined an elite squad when he appeared against Cape Verde on Tuesday night
Ahmed Musa became Nigeria’s third captain on Tuesday when he played against Cape Verde in the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifier.
Amid a handful of absentees, the 28-year-old was named in Gernot Rohr’s starting lineup for the away game against the islanders – in the footsteps of Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.
Until this week, the iconic former full-back and the legendary former goalkeeper were the only players in the history of the Nigerian match to score 100 matches.
However, with Musa’s performance against Cape Verde, the elite group of players who scored three figures with the Eagles rose to three.
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All three were key figures when the Super Eagles won their third African Cup title – in South Africa – under Stephen Keshi in 2013, and all were part of the team that reached the knockout stage of the World Cup in Brazil every year. later.
Musa makes his debut in Nigeria on August 5, 2010, after previously representing the Eagles at youth level.
This match was a qualification for the Nations Cup against Madagascar, which Nigeria won 2-0 after Musa came off the bench to replace John Obi Mikel.
Since then, he has become a regular game in the national team, and he graduated as one of the younger faces of the team to become a valuable veteran and finally the Eagles captain.
The goals did not always fly for Musa, but the striker certainly enjoyed some magical moments for the national team.
He came alive at the World Cup — especially with a double match against Argentina in the 3-2 victory at the 2014 tournament, and then again with a prop against Iceland four years later.
He has overtaken Nwankwo Kanu as Nigeria’s third player with the most players in 2019, and could be level with Enyeama and Yobo on 101 games the next time he faces the campaign for the Eagles.