Fatih Karagumruk of Turkey winger, Ahmed Musa has admitted he is desperate to play at this year’s World Cup in Qatar, hence his determination to lead the Super Eagles to victory against Ghana on Tuesday, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although he might not start the match at Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, considering his inability to play full 90 minutes in recent time, due to his age, Musa stressed that it is one match he will pray hard for Nigeria to win.
With the Super Eagles having drawn the first leg goalless on Friday in Kumasi, Ghana, all permutations are tilted in their favour to nick the ticket on Tuesday, but Musa added ahead of the reverse fixture that he and his colleagues will not take the Black Stars for granted.
He, however, Musa assured Nigerian football fans that all the players are fully charged, filled with total concentration and ready for Tuesday’s decisive play-off with the Black Stars.
The last time both countries were involved in a FIFA World Cup qualifying tie was back in July 2001, when they finished 0-0 in Accra and Nigeria then won 3-0 in Port Harcourt to qualify for Korea/Japan 2002.
Incidentally, the Eagles have been at every FIFA World Cup since 1994, the only exception being Germany 2006, while dropping out of the group stage only in 2002, South Africa 2010 and Russia 2018, but reached the round of 16 at USA ‘94, France ‘98 and Brazil 2014.
With those facts in perspective, Musa went on to declare that he is happy seeing that all the players are truly determined to put up a performance that will earn Nigeria a seventh appearance at football’s biggest showpiece.
Musa told thenff.com: “All the players, including myself, want to go to the World Cup. For me, it is very important because it could be my last World Cup.
“I enjoyed the last two finals that I participated in, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. I want to experience it again.
“Most of the players in the present squad have not been to the World Cup and they desire to be there.
“We all know it won’t be easy. Ghana will come here to do battle but we are ready for whatever they turn up with. I will not say more than that.”