BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
A friendly match in which Ahmed Musa may likely captain Nigeria is in the offing in Saudi Arabia. Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr gave the hint in Lagos on Friday just before he unveiled the list of players the Super Eagles might employ in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.
According to the coach, the friendly match is still in the planning stage and will likely hold in Saudi Arabia on September 11, just three days after Nigeria’s match with Seychelles in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation, Seychelles.
In the absence of Skipper Mikel Obi who has been excused to enable him recover fully from his injury and to also save him from the nearly 23 hour flight to Seychelles in a match he was not programmed to feature, Ahmed Musa will likely captain Nigeria.
The coach is of the opinion that it will be interesting to see Musa skipper his national team in front of his new Saudi Arabian fans.
“Am happy that he is already making great impression with his new club”, remarked Rohr.
He also wants to utilize the match to test some of the new players he is introducing to the team as part of build-up to Nigeria’s possible participation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Both Nigeria and Saudi Arabia were at Russia 2018 World Cup. If the match holds, it will be the second time both teams will meet at Grade A level. Both played goalless in their only head-to-head which was part of Nigeria’s build-up to South Africa 2010 World Cup.
The match was played on May 25, 2010 in Alpenstadion, Austria.