BY KUNLE SOLAJA
According to a media release by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA has expunged two matches from Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa’s international matches.That has reduced his caps to 98.
For Nigeria, It’s a bitter sweet situation. One of the matches expunged as a ‘no-event’ is the World Cup qualifiers with Algeria played four years ago in Constantine. On field, score lines were 1-1.
But following Nigeria’s fielding of an ineligible player, FIFA upturned the result and awarded the match 3-0 and three points to Algeria.
Up till that match, Nigeria had had a record unbeaten streak of 34 matches in World Cup qualification. In the context of Ahmed Musa’s quest for a century cap, the pronouncement that the match is declared void means that Nigeria’s record of unbeaten run in the World Cup qualifiers is not over yet.
The recent two victories against Liberia and Cape Verde therefore extends Nigeria’s unbeaten streak to 36 matches since the 0-1 loss to Angola on 20 June 2004.
Nigeria’s record, now 36 matches, is four ahead of Germany and second to only Spain whose unbeaten streak of 66 matches in 28 years was halted last week with the 2-1 loss to Sweden.
For Ahmed Musa, the 100th cap could still be obtained this year if fielded in next month’s back-to-back World Cup qualifying fixtures against Central African Republic.