Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has dismissed reports insinuating that he is considering retirement from the Super Eagles.
Recall that the former Leicester City star had announced in January that 2021 Afcon could be his last continental outing.
However, in a latest development, the Super Eagles most capped player has expressed his desire to keep representing the three-time African kings
Musa insists he never told anyone that he was calling it quits with international football, adding that if the coaches consider him good enough for an invite, he would always answer any call to serve his country
“I didn’t tell anyone that I am done with Super Eagles. I said I might consider retiring after the World Cup if Nigeria had qualified. The new coach has called me to come and play in the AFCON qualifiers and I cannot say no to him because it is a call to serve my country,” Musa said
“AFCON is next year and I am still active playing in Turkey and if the coaches find me good to be at the AFCON in Ivory Coast, I will gladly go and help my country to win it. I will always honor invitation to serve my country and give my best.”
On the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Musa said we owe Nigerians and the fans of Super Eagles apologies.
The former Kano Pillars winger stated:
“It is not easy to forget the exit in front of our home fans in Abuja. I still don’t believe we have played that match against Ghana and crashed out.
“It was painful experience and I and other players have yet to overcome the shock. But we have to move on. We shall try and restore the confidence our fans have in Super Eagles. I still don’t believe that Nigeria will not be at the World Cup.
“As part of the plans to restore the confidence Nigerians have in Super Eagles, we shall hopefully, Insha Allah, beat Sierra Leone on Thursday in Abuja and in subsequent games. We are not unmindful of the embarrassment that saw us drop a 4-1 lead to play 4-4 draw in Benin City two years ago
“They [Sierra Leone] have proven to be a good side judging from their performance in the last AFCON and we shall go all out to win. We won’t allow the mistake in Benin City to repeat itself,” Musa concluded.
The Turkey-based player is part of Jose Peseiro’s squad to face Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe in this 2023 month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.