Super Eagles Forward, Ahmed Musa has revealed that the intention and the target of the team is to reach the last four of the FIFA Mundial in Russia.
Speaking to FIFA.com, Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa looked back on their successful campaign: “We’re delighted to be making the trip to Russia.
We were in a tough group with Algeria, Cameroon, and Zambia. It wasn’t easy to finish first, but we’re delighted to have reached our objective.
“We got off to a good start with a win away to Zambia, and then we beat Algeria at home,” he added. “That gave us confidence and we pushed on from that to qualify.”
With their team having missed the last two CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria fans were hoping for better in the qualifiers for Russia 2018, and they got it.
Drawn in a group consisting of Algeria, Cameroon, and Zambia in the final round of qualifying, the Super Eagles rose to the challenge and secured their place in the world finals under the guidance of Franco-German tactician, Gernot Rohr.
Nigeria clinched their ticket to Russia 2018 with a game to spare, an outcome that surprised even the out-of-favour Leicester City striker, Ahmed Musa.
“We thought, to begin with, that it would all come down to the last match against Algeria. We didn’t think we’d have qualified already, bearing in mind the standard of the group.”
Reflecting on the level of determination in the Nigeria camp, the Leicester City man said:
“When we realized we weren’t going to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations [last year], we decided that we were going to fight for the people of Nigeria.
We now need to try and make the 2019 continental finals after missing the last two.” Musa told FIFA.