What a wonderful day it turned! It is now official that Ahmed Musa has chalked up a hundred appearances for the Super Eagles.
This was a feat that could have been valid last month, but for FIFA’s removal of two matches the Nigerian skipper had featured in.
On Sunday, he officially entered the FIFA Century Club after featuring in back-to-back encounters with Central African Republic in Lagos and Douala.
He is the third Nigerian to achieve the feat after two former skippers, Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.
But Musa’s feat has a special flavour. Nigeria won the match that officially marked his 100th cap.
In other instances, Nigeria ended up as the losing side as it happened in the case of Yobo (Nigeria 0-2 France) and that of Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria 0-1 Uganda in Uyo).
What is more, Musa’s 100th cap came on the 40th anniversary of Nigeria’s first home defeat in a World Cup qualifying duel.
Sports Village Square recalls that on 10 October 1981, against all expectations, Nigeria lost 0-2 at home to Algeria in what turned out to be Skipper Christian Chukwu’s last international appearance.
Musa’s 100th cap came in the week of his birthday. He will be 29 on Thursday 14 October. His 100th cap was celebrated aboard the Air Peace aeroplane that brought the Super Eagles back home from Douala on Sunday.
On the flight back to Lagos aboard the Air Peace aircraft, the players celebrated Captain Musa who won his 101st cap on the day by standing round him as two other players held aloft a jersey signed by all his team mates.