Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has admitted that Nigerians are still disappointed over the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, but assured they will bounce back to winning ways.
Nigeria fought back to defeat Sierra Leone 2-1 in Match Day 1 of the 2023 AFCON qualifier at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
The visitors went ahead in the 11th minute courtesy of a flying header by Jonathan Morsay, but Alex Iwobi restored parity five minutes later.
And four minutes before halftime, the Super Eagles took the lead as Victor Osimhen tucked home from close range to help Nigeria claim all three points.
Prior to the fixture, Musa admitted that playing in the Super Eagles is a tough call and a huge responsibility, urging Nigerian fans to be patient with new players.
He said: “Super Eagles when you come, you need time, five minutes, 10 minutes. I started with five minutes and that has taken me where I am today.
Give them that confidence; the Super Eagles is very difficult. “Give them time, encourage them. We know the World Cup is big. A lot of us lost businesses just because we did not qualify for the World Cup. We the players take responsibility.
Meanwhile, Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja is wearing a new look as the technical area and pitch that were tampered with by fans have all been fixed.
Irate football fans ripped apart some equipment within the facility after Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup following a 1-1 draw against Ghana.
The Super Eagles had forced the Black Stars to a goalless draw in Kumasi and only needed a win in the reverse fixture to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.