By Olayinka Elebute
Super Eagles and former CSK of Moscow striker, Ahmed Musa has revealed his ordeal after the Nigeria senior national team crashed out of the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals by losing to arch rival Ghana last March.
The Super Eagles forced a decent 0-0 draw in Kumasi, but could only manage a 1-1 draw in Abuja, allowing Ghana to make it to the World Cup on the away goal rule.
Having represented Nigeria at the 2014 and 2018 editions, Qatar 2022 would have been Musa’s third appearance at football’s biggest fiesta.
And the Fatih Karagumruk forward has expressed his disappointment in missing out on participating in November’s event.
“It was a very big disappointment for me because the World Cup is one of the best tournaments that as a player you want to go there,” the former Leicester City winger said.
“I’ve been to the World Cup twice and this one, I won’t be there; it’s a painful thing for me. the game against Ghana, I keep on imagining it till now. But in football, you have to get a sad day like that.”
It is no surprise that the ex-CSKA Moscow star felt a lot of pain after the second leg against Ghana.
“At the end of that game, I spent more than three days without eating. Even my wife was worried,” Musa said.
“The young players still have a lot of time. But I thought that would be my last World Cup. I can’t say anything more because that’s what God decided is going to happen.”
“After the (Ghana) game, we the players were in the dressing room for three hours. We could not go out because of the fans. Everybody was angry about the result.
“That stadium was at its best that day. NFF did their best. We stayed in one of the best hotels in Abuja.
“It’s just the luck that we didn’t have that day. So we don’t have to blame anyone. We, the players, have to take the blame.”