Super Eagles assistant captain, Ahmed Musa has explained why he did not start the Africa Cup of Nations opener against Burundi on Saturday.
Musa disclosed that he was not in tip-top condition to start for the Super Eagles.
The Saudi Arabia-based striker was among the Super Eagles players that fell ill during the second phase of preparations in Ismailia.
”Every first game in a tournament is very difficult, the most important thing is that we have the three points,” Musa told reporters in the mixed zone after the game.
”I was eager to come in but I know that I fell ill, so the coach talked to me. As you can see Shehu too was ill. At the beginning of the game he was injured, so that’s what the coach was a little bit worried about that.
”Finally, I came in and the game changed and we had the three points, that’s the most important thing.”
The former CSKA Moscow and Leicester City star came off the bench in the 58th minute as replacement for captain John Obi Mikel.