Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, would most likely stop playing for the Nigerian national men’s football team after the 2023 African Cup of Nations slated to hold in Ivory Coast.
This is according to Abumere Ededuan, FIFA licensed agent and close pal to Musa, who said the footballer wants to hang his boot on domestic games after the African football fiesta.
He told SportingSun that barring any last minute change of mind, the Sivasspor winger has decided to leave the pitch for the younger players to show what they are made of.
Ededuan said; “You never can tell because in football anything can happen, but that notwithstanding, Musa is hoping to end his time with the national team on a high in Ivory Coast. It’s time for him to give the younger players opportunity to show what they can equally do for our fatherland.
“He has served the nation with highest degree of devotion and dedication and I think his mind is made up… He has given a strong indication that Ivory Coast is likely to be his last port of call with the national team.’’
Musa made his debut for the senior team at 17, in a qualification match for the 2012 African Cup of Nations against Madagascar. He had come on as a substitute for Mikel John Obi in a 2–0 win in 2010.
Meanwhile, the former CSKA Moscow star recently said he will continue to play football for as long as his body allows him.
Musa revealed this in a video shared on Instagram while responding to questions about when he would quit the national team.
He said;“We know our country. No matter what, whoever they call you, they have to talk. I don’t have to listen to anyone.
“I’m the one doing my job, but if my body wants me to stop, I’ll stop. I’m playing with my club and have a good contract, so why does anyone want me to resign from the national team?
“This is what I’m playing and know how to play. I give my best always when I’m called to the national team from day one and if the coach doesn’t call me anymore, then that’s fine.”