Football

Musa: God always help me out in difficult games

Dapo Sotuminu, Live in Russia
Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa, has declared that since he started his professional football career, God is always giving him a way out whenever his team play difficult games.
Musa, said in Volgograd after his two goals gave the Nigerian team a life line to qualify for the second round of the FFA 2018 World Cup if they can win or play a draw against their last group D opponent, Argentina in St Petersburg.
The former Leicester of England star striker, who is on loan to CSKA Moscow of Russia, said in a post match interview that, he gives God the grace for doing it for him and his colleagues again in the match against Iceland.
He noted that, while going to score the second goal which nailed the coffin of Iceland and gave Nigeria a 2-0 win, after dashing into the Iceland penalty box, he found himself face-to-face with Iceland goalkeeper, Hannes Halldorsson and two defenders. “I kept a calm head, dribbled Halldorsson, then took time before slamming the ball into the net at the Volgograd Arena.
“Once I beat the goalkeeper, I wanted to shoot, but I saw the two defenders on the line and I knew that if I rushed the shot I could miss it, or they could block it. So I had to stay calm and let them commit before I took the shot.”
The Super Eagles forward told ESPN that he was lucky to score. “I am so happy to score but I am more happy that the team won. I just believe I am lucky to score because anytime we have a difficult game, the luck always comes for me. We all worked hard and we just wanted to give our best to make the fans happy.”
Musa’s pace was a constant problem for the Iceland defence, and he says it was part of the pre-match conversation. “We talked about it before the game. We knew their defenders were slow and old so my speed would be a problem for them.”
With Nigeria moving into second place behind Croatia in Group D (on three points after their loss to Croats, the forward says he is now looking forward to the pool clash clash against Argentina — one in which they can seal the South Americans surprise early elimination and their progression with a draw or victory.
“Now we have to start preparing for the next match, which is very important for us.
The last Group D match against Argentina has been slated for Tuesday June 26 in Saint Petersburg, with kick off at 8pm Nigeria time.

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