Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, has become Nigeria’s most-capped player after getting his 101st international cap in Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over Central African Republic on Sunday in their 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The 28-year-old forward started the game in Douala, Cameroon. Goals from Leon Balogun in the 29th minute and Victor Osimhen in the extra time of the first half, ensured that the Super Eagles remain in pole position to win the group, and qualify for the second round with only two games remaining.
“We played only three in the back, and I think this helped us, and with the leadership of Ahmed Musa to win this game.” The Super Eagles Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr said after the game.
FIFA confirmed Musa’s new status as Nigeria’s most-capped player in a post on Instagram on Sunday night, surpassing former captains, Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama who were both capped 100 times for Nigeria.
In 2020, during a chat with Legit.ng, Enyeama showered accolades on Ahmed Musa, branding him as a ‘great guy’.
“Sincerely Musa is a great guy. I really want him to represent Nigeria; it’s not about record. Like I told you, I want him to succeed. That’s the most important thing. “He is a captain now, I want him to win. I want him to excel. Look at what he’s been doing in the team, the goals he’s been scoring, the impact he’s been making.
“Let him play 200; we call him Governor. I want him to play 300 matches. What is record for me? It’s for people that keep statistics. I want Musa to succeed, I want national team to succeed; I want him to win.” Enyeama concluded.
Ahmed Musa dedicated his new feat to his family, teammates, officials and fans. “Wow!What can I say? Iwouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the support of my family, team mates, officials and fans. To crown it all, important 3points in our game. Thank you so much,I don’t take any of this for granted. We will continue to make history.”
The ‘governor’, like Musa his fondly called, made his debut for Nigeria against Madagascar in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5, 2010, coming in as a 75th minute substitute for Mikel Obi, and the rest is now history.