Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is believed to be under intense pressure to drop his captain Ahmed Musa from Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Lesotho and Benin Republic coming up later this month.
Musa hasn’t featured for any club since quitting Saudi side, Al Nassr in October 2020.
Even without having active club football, he enjoys the support of Rohr, who invited him for the previous two qualifying games against Sierra Leone and Benin respectively last November.
However, many Nigerian soccer enthusiasts have asked that the gaffer drops the 28-year-old and call players who play regular football for their teams.
Speaking with The Punch on Wednesday, former Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu said:
“It is left for the coach to invite whoever he feels he needs into the team.
“I however don’t think it is the best thing to invite someone who has not been playing for about five months to the national team. You don’t expect such a player to be in top form and shape.”
Another ex-Eagles star, Edema Fuludu said due to Musa’s patriotism to the national team, the coach can help him get another club by inviting him.
“For me, I believe if this is the way we can help Musa, let us help him. It is possible that if he comes to the Eagles and plays well, he can secure a club. So, if it means helping him out, why not”.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will play their last home AFCON qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
They will be returning to Teslim Balogun Stadium after over 10 years away.
This news was announced via the team’s Twitter handle on Wednesday.
The team is scheduled to play against Benin on March 27, and Lesotho on March 30. Both matches come up at 5pm.
Eagles media officer, Babafemi Raji, has said the list of invited players for the AFCON qualifiers is expected to be released next week.
“The list is always out like two weeks before the game, so we are expecting the list next week”.
The Media officer was however silent on the possible inclusion of Musa in the Eagles Squad.