Controversy as FIFA, NFF differ on Ahmed Musa’s 100 caps

Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Tuesday, celebrated Musa’s 100 caps for the senor national team.

However, the world football governing body, FIFA says Musa has 98 caps, meaning the former Leicester City star is two games away from becoming a centurion.

Reports had emerged that the 28-year-old winger would make his 100th appearance for the Eagles in their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde at the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena on Tuesday.

The NFF also stated in a statement titled: ‘Qatar 2022 Race: Confident Super Eagles land in Mindelo; Musa delighted with 100th cap prospect’ hinting that the former CSKA Moscow striker would be making his 100th cap for the team.

But according to FIFA, the Fatih Karagumruk winger has made 98 appearances for Nigeria and will only become the third Nigerian player to reach the centurion mark playing for the three-time African Champions after Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama if he features for the team in their double-header against the Central Africa Republic next month.

It is understood that Musa had featured in two games for the national team, which were not recognised by world governing body FIFA, the reason for the disparity in the clash.

The games are the unofficial friendly against Togo in 2017, which the Eagles won 3-0 with Musa scoring twice at the Saint-Leu-la-Forêt stadium, in France and the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria, which ended 1-1 in Constantine, but the result was overturned by FIFA and Algeria awarded a 3-0 win, after Nigeria fielded an ineligible player (Abdullahi Shehu) for the game.


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