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Musa: I will never lose in South Africa

Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa had some bold words ahead of their all-important Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana Bafana this afternoon.

“I’ve never lost in South Africa and, by the grace of God, I will never lose.” – These were the sentiments of the Saudi Arabia-based forward on Friday evening ahead of today’s tie, which kicks off at 15h00.

He was referring to their six-game unbeaten run when Nigeria went all the way to lifting the 2013 AFCON trophy in Johannesburg over five years back, though it is worth noting that they never faced the tournament hosts.

Nonetheless, the 26-year-old former Leicester City frontman is under no illusion of the difficulty of this particular clash, given how their previous meeting in Uyo last year ended in defeat.

“South Africa is a very good team, they always play very well when they play against Nigeria, so it’s not an easy game for us,” said Musa.

“Them too, they know that it’s not an easy game for them, but we’ll have to wait after 95 minutes [to see how it pans out].”

The Super Eagles stalwart, who has racked up close to 80 senior national team caps, also refused to talk up their ‘favourites’ tag in as far as qualification from Group E is concerned, despite their sitting atop the standings.

“I don’t think so. We still have a lot of work to do. First of all, we have to qualify [for Cameroon 2019] first before thinking about the favourite team,” he conceded.

“I don’t think so. We still have a lot of work to do. First of all, we have to qualify [for Cameroon 2019] first before thinking about the favourite team,” he conceded.

“As you can see, we have one of the youngest teams in Africa for now – I think 27 is the highest age in the team, and most of them are between 19 and 22. So, we have a lot of work to do.”

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