Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa started and was in action for 73 minutes as the Super Eagles came from behind to defeat Cape Verde 2-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, September 7. This game should have been the 100th appearance of Musa for the Super Eagles.
However, the Nigeria Football Federation says it has deferred to FIFA’s own record of 98 caps for Super Eagles captain following the nullification of two of the matches he played in which should have made his tally 100.
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“We defer to FIFA in this regard, so Ahmed Musa has 98 caps. If he features, as expected, in the home-and-away matches against Central African Republic in October, he will clock the tally of 100. And the celebrations will follow in full flow.” Said NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire in a press release on Wednesday.
It’s reportedly revealed that Musa’s appearances in the 3-0 defeat of Togo in a friendly match in Paris in June 2017 and the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifier against Algeria in Constantine in November 2017 did not count.
The match against Togo was struck off as both Nigeria and Togo made more than the regular number of changes in the game.
The encounter in Constantine, which ended 1-1, was deleted. Because Nigeria fielded an ineligible player. And the result was overturned, with Algeria awarded the game, even as Nigeria had already picked the World Cup ticket before the tie.