Super Eagles stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa is optimistic Nigeria will sail through their host South Africa in today’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying fixture at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
“We know the importance of the game and how it’s more difficult for South Africa because they have to win the game and seal their AFCON ticket. However, it will be a tough game for both teams, we are here to compete for a win and not even the comfortable one point,” Musa told Naijafootballplus.com in Johannesburg.
Nigeria sit top of Group E of the qualifying series with 9 points while South Africa are second with eight points. The Bafana Bafana in the reverse fixture defeated Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo in 2017.
“We have to focus about the future, South Africa has got quality, it won’t come easy but we are here to fight for the three points. We have put behind us the defeat in Uyo and we are here to fight for the future,” Musa said.
The Al-Nassr forward says Delta State Government cash incentives of $25,000 per each goal the team scores today is not the main motivation factor for the squad.
“We are not here for the cash incentives, we are here for the pride of the nation and we have a mission to accomplish. We have one of the youngest team in Africa at the moment and we are focused. We are here for the three points, we are not compromising for a draw but a win and the AFCON ticket.”
Nigeria won the 2013 AFCON at the FNB Stadium, Musa relishes the memories of the tournament.
“I won’t forget this stadium, we won the 2013 AFCON and we had amazing memories. Since, we won the AFCON, we have not been able to qualify for the tournament. Today’s game is important to us and our amazing fans who are based in South Africa, those in Nigeria and globally,” he concluded.
The game will kickoff at 3pm South Africa time (2pm Nigeria time).