Ahmed Musa, the Super Eagles’ captain, has offered insight into the departures of Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, and Odion Ighalo from the Nigerian national team.
Musa highlights the significance of having seasoned players to mentor and guide the younger talent, as their absence is currently being felt within the team.
“We lost crucial players due to media pressure,” lamented Musa, expressing the team’s ongoing need for players like Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.
Mikel bid farewell to the Super Eagles in 2019 after the Africa Cup of Nations, while Moses departed following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Musa kindly requests that the media show greater understanding towards young players, recognizing the immense pressure they face from the high expectations of fans.
“I implore the media to ease the pressure on these young talents. They can’t perform under constant scrutiny,” pleaded Musa.
Additionally, Musa disclosed the distressing circumstances surrounding Ighalo’s departure, citing death threats on social media directed at the striker and his family.
“Why force Ighalo out with threats against his family? It’s disheartening to be treated this way after representing our country,” expressed Musa.
Ighalo initially retired after the 2019 AFCON but faced obstacles returning for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due to club restrictions imposed by Al Shabab.