December 9, 2023

Ahmed Musa calls for injection of more home-based players in Super Eagles

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has called for the addition of more football players from the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) to the Super Eagles.

The former Leicester City of England forward highlighted the need to believe in home-based talents to give them the opportunity to thrive on the international stage.

“We need to make sure that we give our local players a chance to be able to go to the national team and showcase their talent and be part of that,” he said in Lagos.

“The coaches need to believe in them to showcase their best for the team.

“It’s fundamental to go back to our local league to get the best from the team.”

The only local players Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has chosen for the two-leg 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe are Ojo Olorunleke of Enyimba and Amas Obasogie of Bendel Insurance.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles struggled in their match day one of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Thursday after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho

The game, which was decided at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, saw Lesotho take the lead 10 minutes into the second half through Motlomelo Mkwanazi.

Semi Ajayi then scored an equaliser about seven minutes after the hour mark to snatch a draw from their fearless opponents.

The Super Eagles will take on Zimbabwe next.

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