Musa wins Nigeria’s 100th cap in World Cup qualifiers in Central African Republic

Ahmed Musa won his 100th Nigerian squad on Sunday in his World Cup qualifying clash with the Central African Republic.

The Fatih Karagumruk star has been named in Gernot Rohr’s starting XI as the Super Eagles hope to avenge their loss to the Wild Beasts and increase their chances of qualifying for Qatar 2022.

Musa believed he had reached that enviable mark against Cape Verde in September, however, Fifa marked their participation against Togo in June 2017 and against Algeria in November 2017.

According to football’s governing body, the friendly against the Hawks was not a FIFA recognized match, while the World Cup qualifier against the Desert Foxes was called off because the Super Eagles fielded a ineligible player.

“We know the importance of the match against [Central African Republic], so we don’t have to joke with that, ”said Musa NFF television.

For me the most important thing is to have the three points, and we can win after that, that would be interesting for me – that is, if the coaches decide to play me.

After representing the country at youth level, the fast forward made his senior debut on August 5, 2010, in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Madagascar – replacing ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel in the 2-0. to win.

But he now becomes Nigeria’s third centurion, a short distance from Super Eagles record holders Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama, who each have 101 caps.

If the Kano Pillars legend – who has 15 international goals to his name – faces Liberia in November, he will join former stars of Everton and Lille in the country’s sacred ranks.

The Fatih Karagumruk star shined on the international stage after helping Nigeria U23 win the 2010 Wafu Nations Cup where he scored goals against the Republic of Benin and Burkina Faso.

His performances saw him invited to the senior national team ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, despite not making the 30-man squad due to an ankle injury.

At the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia, former Kano Pillars player scored three goals in five matches and was included in FIFA’s shortlist for the Adidas Ballon d’Or.

He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Kenya in March 2011.

The three-time Russian Premier League winner went on to play for Nigeria in two Afcon championships as well as two Fifa World Cups.

The 28-year-old started his European expedition on the Eredivisie side, VVV Venlo and his impressive performances on the Dutch side saw him sign for the top Russian side CSKA Moscow.

After winning three Premier League titles, one Russian Cup and two Russian Super Cups with horses during his four years, he joined Leicester City on July 8, 2016, for a club record of 16.6 million. pounds sterling at the time.

Following his inability to secure a regular seat at King Power Stadium, he was returned on loan to CSKA Moscow, before teaming up with Al Nassr in 2018 on a permanent contract.

Musa continued his professional career in Turkey after a short stint with childhood club Kano Pillars.