VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Super Eagles’ stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa has declared that Tuesday’s friendly match against the Cranes of Uganda goes beyond just a friendly as the team has kick-started the process to next year’s AFCON proper with the clash in Asaba, reports.
The Al-Nassr of Saudi forward, who is yet to taste defeat as captain of the team, further insisted that they will come out for the win to avenge their 2015 loss to the visitors.
“For me, the road to AFCON begins tomorrow (Tuesday); we want to approach every game like we are playing the qualifiers so the match against Uganda will be a very serious one for the entire team.
“They beat us here in Nigeria the last time they came so we will want to retaliate the favour when we face them on Tuesday,” Musa said.
He further revealed that the team remains in contact with their captain Mikel, and he feels honoured to be leading them in his absence.
“It’s not easy to lead a very exciting and young team like this. You know our captain has been out for a while with injury and I have been standing in for him which makes me feel honoured. I push every decision regarding the team to him before taking it as we remain one big family despite his absence,” Musa said during the team’s pre-match press conference.