The Nigerian national team captain has expressed sadness over missing out on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Super Eagles of Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has recounted his personal ordeal after the country failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Black Stars of Ghana beat the three-time African champions to the World Cup ticket after emerging victorious in a two-legged play-off in March on away goals rule.
“It was a very big disappointment for me because the World Cup is one of the best tournaments that as a player you want to go there,” the former CSKA Moscow man stated.
“I’ve been to the World Cup twice and this one, I won’t be there; it’s a painful thing for me. That game against Ghana, I keep on imagining it till now. But in football, you have to get a sad day like that.”
The Fatih Karagümrük S.K. of Turkey forward is Nigeria’s highest goal scorer in the World Cup with four goals after featuring in the 2014 and 2018 editions of the global showpiece, and narrated the sadness associated with missing out on what would have been his third World Cup outing.
“At the end of that game, I spent more than three days without eating. Even my wife was worried,” the former Leicester City of England man said.
“The young players still have a lot of time. But I thought that would be my last World Cup. I can’t say anything more because that’s what God decided is going to happen.”
Musa also stated that the Super Eagles could not leave the stadium premises for several hours after the loss to Ghana as fans were furious which led to damages at the stadium that FIFA would later sanction Nigeria for. However, Musa believes the team should have done better in the games against Ghana.
“After the (Ghana) game, we the players were in the dressing room for three hours. We could not go out because of the fans. Everybody was angry about the result. That stadium was at its best that day. NFF did their best. We stayed in one of the best hotels in Abuja. It’s just the luck that we didn’t have that day. So we don’t have to blame anyone. We, the players, have to take the blame.”
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