Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye has parried insinuations in some quarters that Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia attacker, Ahmed Musa pretended to be injured, in order to skip Tuesday’s international friendly against Egypt, footballlive.ng reports.
Ibitoye stressed that it was not a case of fitness issues for Musa, but said the Eagles’ stand-in captain had to return to his base due to club commitments, hence his absence against The Pharaohs on Tuesday.
Similarly, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) assistant director of communication, Ademola Olajire confirmed that Muisa departed the Eagles’ camp around noon on Sunday.
Olajire said Musa was granted permission to return to Saudi Arabia by Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, but the player played his role in motivating the under-23 team for victory against Libya, as he pledged N1m for each goal the squad should score in their U-23 AFCON qualifier on Monday.
Musa said his pledge was to ensure the Olympic Eagles reach the next round of the qualifiers, and advised the team to be committed in order to make Nigerians proud.
Ibitoye reiterated: “Musa left camp on Sunday, but he is not injured. He was granted permission to honour his club’s engagement.
“His club need him for a crucial top of the table game in the Saudi Arabia Premier League.”