Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa believes anything other than a semi-final spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be unacceptable to the Nigerian squad.
featured at every FIFA World Cup since USA 1994, with the exception of Germany 2006. On their last appearance, at Brazil 2014, they won through to the Round of 16 with fellow African side Algeria.
Speaking to FIFA.com in an exclusive interview, the former CSKA Moscow man who now stars for Premier League side Leicester City Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa looked back on their successful campaign while also Reflecting on the level of determination in the Nigeria camp.
"We’re delighted to be making the trip to Russia. We were in a tough group with Algeria, Cameroon, and Zambia. It wasn’t easy to finish first, but we’re delighted to have reached our objective.
"We got off to a good start with a win away to Zambia, and then we beat Algeria at home. That gave us confidence and we pushed on from that to qualify.
"We thought, to begin with, that it would all come down to the last match against Algeria. We didn’t think we’d have qualified already, bearing in mind the standard of the group.”
"When we realised
we weren’t going to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations [last year], we decided that we were going to fight for the people of Nigeria. We now need to try and make the 2019 continental finals after missing the last two." said the former Kano Pillars who will always be remembered for his brace against Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
Nigeria clinched their ticket to Russia 2018 with a game to spare after being drawn with Algeria, Cameroon, and Zambia.
Musa and his team-mates
rose to the challenge and secured their place in the world finals under the guidance of German coach Gernot Rohr.