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A burden on impending centurion: Can Nigeria win in Ahmed Musa’s 100th cap?



If fielded on Tuesday against Cape Verde’s “Blue Sharks”, Ahmed Musa will cup 100 appearances for the Super Eagles


Super Eagles’ skipper Ahmed Musa is expected to be capped a 100th time when Nigeria face Cape Verde in a tricky World Cup qualifying match in the archipelago nation.

He will thus become Nigeria’s third centurion after Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.  

Coincidentally, the previous two centurions were also captains of the Super Eagles at the time of hitting the 100th international match mark.

But sadly, Nigeria ended up losing in the matches that earned the previous centurions their honours.

Nigeria lost 2-0 to France on 30 June 2014 when Yobo was capped a 100th time by Nigeria.


The round of 16 World Cup match played in Brasilia was also his last match for the Super Eagles.

Vincent Enyeama earned his 100th cap in his native Akwa Ibom State when Nigeria played a friendly match with Uganda on  25 March 2015. The centurion Enyeama was sadly saddled with the painful task of picking the ball from his own net in the surprised 1-0 win by Uganda.

The match was Odion Ighalo’s first match for Nigeria.

Musa will therefore be looking forward to a 100th cap without stain.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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