Chelsea of England right-wing-back, Victor Moses has received a congratulatory message from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick over his triumph with his club in the English FA Cup last weekend.
A lone strike from the penalty spot by Moses’ colleague, Eden Hazard against Manchester United at Wembley brought joy to the blue side of London.
The result made Moses the sixth Nigerian to win the oldest knockout competition in world football, much to the admiration of Pinnick.
Before Moses were John Fashanu, Daniel Amokachi, Nwankwo Kanu, John Chukwudi Utaka and John Mikel Obi, who also won the Cup with Chelsea.
Moses, who is the reigning NFF Football Awards Player of the Year, was the Eagles’ highest scorer in the FIFA World Cup African qualifying series with three goals.
He netted a brace against Algeria in November 2016 and got the third in the 4-0 whiplash of African champions Cameroon on 1st September 2017, which set the Eagles on the path to Russia.
The Chelsea star, who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Eagles, will join up with his international team-mates in Uyo later this week, ahead of Monday’s international friendly against the Simba of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt.
Pinnick also applauded the good number of Eagles’ players who finished the season on a high, and those who were instrumental to their clubs’ accomplishments this season.
The NFF supremo expressed hope that the achievements the players got with their clubs would boost their confidence to facing up to the kind of opposition at the FIFA World Cup.
Pinnick stated with glee: “I am happy for Victor Moses because this triumph sets him in a great mood and gives immense confidence for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“We have a number of friendly matches before the FIFA World Cup but the big focus is on the finals starting next month.
“Victory in the FA Cup is good for Moses as he will come into camp buoyed in spirit, and that good feeling is bound to infect and affect the other players positively.