VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Ahmed Musa of Nigeria scores his team's second goal past Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland 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 questioned the decision of the BBC to leave out Nigerian players from their choice of candidates for this year’s awards despite the country qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, reports.

The Al-Nassr of Saudi striker revealed he felt unhappy when he saw the nominations, describing the decision to leave out Nigerian players as political and hopes the younger generation of Nigerian players can break the jinx.

“I saw the list and I felt unhappy because when you see the players that are on the list, they are not even up to standard with what we did at the World Cup.

“So it’s the politics of the game, so we don’t have to think about that. Now we have a lot of young players doing well, so hopefully we will get our name there,” Musa said.

This year’s nominees for the BBC African Footballer of the year Award are Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

Egypt Mohamed Salah won last year’s award and will be favourite to retain the title after an impressive season with Liverpool.