2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Ahmed Musa Laments Lack of Experience in Current Super Eagle Squad

2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Ahmed Musa Laments Lack of Experience in Current Super Eagle Squad

Babajide Orevba
updated at November 23, 2023 at 3:16 PM
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  • Ahmed Musa has called for the inclusion of more experienced players in the Super Eagles squad
  • The Nigerian captain has suggested that the likes of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses are still needed
  • The Super Eagles failed to win either of their first matches at the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Ahmed Musa has lamented the lack of enough experienced players in the current Super Eagles squad as they continue to struggle to get results.

Nigeria have begun the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on a poor note, with 1-1 draws with Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Jose Peseiro’s side were forced to a draw at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on November 16, and they could only manage the same result against Zimbabwe in Rwanda.

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Ahmed Musa has called on the inclusion of more experienced players into the Super Eagles squad. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen
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With two points from those two games, the Super Eagles still have a lot to do if they hope to qualify for the World Cup billed to be hosted by Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Musa, who missed out on the November matches, lamented that some fans have mismanaged their passion for the national team, causing some big stars to leave.

He also called on the inclusion of more experienced players in the Nigerian team, in a bid to inspire better performances from the younger players.

Musa said, as per Soccernet:

"As you can see, we still need someone like Mikel Obi in the team, we still need Victor Moses. It’s not just about having young players in the team because you need players to mentor them, which we don’t have right now."

He also appealed to the media to 'take it easy' on the younger players as the pressure on them was intense.

"That is why, once they step onto the pitch to play, they worry because they are concerned about what they will see on their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts."

Rufai speaks on Nigeria’s goalkeeping problems

Sports Brief previously reported on former Nigerian international, Peter Rufai discussing Nigeria's goalkeeping problems they have faced in recent times.

Rufai remains one of the Super Eagles' greatest goalkeepers of all time, having earned 65 caps for his country and representing them at two FIFA World Cups.

He was part of the triumphant Nigerian national squad that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and retired after 20 years as a professional footballer.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.