The vice-captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Ahmed Musa has revealed that he and his teammates have all their focus on the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group B clash with the National Elephants of Guinea. The Nigerian international was also full of praise for the Swallows of Burundi after the tough AFCON opener between the two teams.
The former Leicester City man has declared the forthcoming encounter Guinea as a ‘must win’ game after Burundi win. Gernot Rohr’s men began their quest for a fourth AFCON title on Saturday by securing a 1-0 victory against the Swallows of Burundi. The Super Eagles of Nigeria go into the next game knowing that they can secure a Round of 16 spot with another victory against Guinea, who have UEFA Champions League winner, Naby Keita in their ranks.
Musa, who scored two of the three goals Nigeria scored at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia started the AFCON opener on the bench. He replaced captain John Obi Mikel in the second half against Burundi and declared that the Super Eagles must not fail to soar against the 1976 Afcon runners-up. Guniea were held to a 2-2 draw by Madagascar in their own Group B opener on Saturday night and would be aiming for their first win against Nigeria.
“We have a win already and all our attention will be on the next game and we have to be at our best,” Musa told Goal. “Against Burundi, we were able to pick a lesson or two and they will be useful against Guinea. There are no easy teams in Africa but we hope to get a positive result to see us through to the next round of the championship,” Musa claimed.
Following the difficult game against Burundi, the 26-year-old attacker also gave his own analysis and thoughts on the Super Eagles’ performance in their AFCON opener. “I must confess that Burundi are a good side and they gave us a very good fight,” Musa continued. “Many expected us to score a lot of goals against them but the victory was more important for us.”
The 2013 AFCON winner praised the tournament debutants and hopes to see them qualify for the next round. “After 90 minutes we were able to get maximum points, so the number of goals we scored don’t really matter. For Burundi, they are a very tough side, they played very well and I hope to see them qualify because they are good,” Musa said.
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