Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia attacker, Ahmed Musa is standing tall over the impact he had in the Super Eagles’ opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations, as he believes the tide turned in Nigeria’s favour after he went on midway through the second half.
He is now of a view that Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr will adopt a different approach to the next game against Guinea, which he opines should see the Nigerian team go full blast from beginning to end, if they are to get anything out of Wednesday’s match.
Musa added that Saturday’s match turned out to be tougher than the Eagles thought, but admitted the first game of any major championship is normally like that, as the three-time champions took the time to enter the right rhythm.
However, Musa admitted he was not in the Eagles’ starting line-up because he had some health conditions heading into the game, and he had not been part of the team’s first two days of camping in Asaba.
While admitting that he was not in tip-top condition, Musa pointed out that the coach’s decision to start equally unfit Abdullahi Shehu, who got to camp along with the attacker, turned into a setback, as the Bursaspor defender was unable to complete the first half.
However, after getting off the bench in pklace of Mikel in the 58th minute, and still able to create an impact in the game, Musa said he was happy with the role he played and believes Wednesday will be better.
Musa declared: “We played very good, but we had some problems in the first half, and the first 15 minutes of the second half.
”I was eager to come in but I know that I fell ill, so the coach talked to me. Shehu too was ill.
“At the beginning of the game he was injured, so that’s what the coach was a little bit worried about that.
”Finally I came in and the the game changed and we had the three points, that’s the most important thing.
“We struggled until I went on, and we took some time to settle down. The coach will have to look at that in the next game.
“Every first game in a tournament is very difficult, the most important thing is that we have the three points.”