NFF confirms PUNCH report, makes a U-turn on Musa’s 100-cap claim

The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed The PUNCH’s report on the number of caps Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has for the national team.

The PUNCH had reported on Tuesday that Musa had only featured 98 times for the Eagles, against the widely circulated information by the NFF, which stated that the Turkey-based forward played his 100th game for the Eagles in their 2-1 victory over Cape Verde.

The NFF had erroneously added two matches played by Musa, which were not officially recognised by FIFA, in compiling Musa’s international caps.

Despite the error, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, had after the Cape Verde game gifted Musa N10m for attaining the “feat.” He also promised the same amount to any other player who reached the 100-cap milestone in future.

Pinnick also insisted on a radio show monitored by our correspondent that the federation had their own data which they relied on.

“Ahmed Musa has been consistent, he is somebody whose  passion, leadership, sagacity and dexterity is second to none, he loves the country and believes in the NFF. “So, this is just a token reward for his 100th cap, we will also give him during the next game.

“We have our own data and that is what we are using, even if it is 50 caps for the national team in a country where you have an abundance of talents,” Pinnick said.

The NFF however took a U-turn on Wednesday deferring to The PUNCH report that Musa had only 98 caps.

The NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, in a statement, said the federation had agreed that Musa had 98 caps and not 100 caps they initially claimed.

“We defer to FIFA in this regard, so Ahmed Musa has 98 caps. If he features, as expected, in the home-and-away matches against the Central African Republic in October, he will clock the tally of 100 and the celebrations will follow in full flow,” Olajire, stated on Wednesday.


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