Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia attacker, Ahmed Musa put up a surprise appearance at the under-23 national team, Olympic Eagles’ camp in Abuja, as he turned up to wish the players good luck ahead of their first leg African championship qualifier away to Sudan.
Musa disclosed during his visit to the team’s training session at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja that he was there to encourage the players, boost their morale and remind Coach Imama Amapakabo’s boys of the importance of their assignment in Sudan, as it is a game that will lead them to a ticket into the next Olympic Games.
Although it is the first leg of their final round in the African U-23 Cup of Nations qualifiers in Egypt, it is from that competition the continent’s representatives to Tokyo 2020 Olympics will emerge, and Musa buttressed how crucial it is for Amapakabo’s boys to win away and home.
The senior national team, Super Eagles’ captain then charged the players to go all out and make the nation proud, adding that, with hard work and dedication, the team can beat Sudan away in Omdurman to stand a bright chance in the reverse fixture and then qualify for Egypt 2019.
Musa retorted: “I am here to encourage and pledge my support to you due to the importance of the game ahead of you. I urge you to go all out and beat Sudan because the game serves as Olympic qualifiers.
“I have played for the U23 before making my debut for the Super Eagles in 2010, and with dedication, hard work and grace of God, today I’m the Super Eagles captain.
“Nigeria is blessed with a lot talented footballers. I am the captain of the Super Eagles not because I am better than most of the players but due to dedication and hard work.”