NFF: Ahmed Musa has 98 Super Eagles caps not 100

Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Semifinals match between Algeria and Nigeria at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 14 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu-BackpagePix

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has come out to admit that Ahmed Musa actually has 98 caps for the Super Eagles not 100.

While the NFF had earlier stated that Musa had made 100 appearances for the Eagles, after he featured against Cape Verde, in Tuesday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier, FIFA said he has 98 caps.

NFF in a statement on Wednesday by Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said it deferred to FIFA’s record of 98 caps Musa, after the nullification of two of the matches he played.

The statement read: “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 the Central African Republic in October, he will clock the tally of 100 and the celebrations will follow in full flow.”

On Tuesday, FIFA said 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.

while the game against Algeria in Constantine, which ended 1-1, was cancelled because Nigeria fielded an ineligible player and the result was awarded to Algeria.

Following the development, Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama remain the only individuals who have made 100 appearances for the Eagles.

Musa has the chance to join the duo if he features in next month’s World Cup qualifying doubleheader with the Central African Republic.

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