How five minutes changed my life – Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa, the captain of the Super Eagles has appealed to Nigerians to avoid putting pressure on newly invited players to perform wonders in the national team, reports.

According to him, playing for the national team is different from clubside. It is therefore important for young players to be introduced into the game to have just few minutes of action, as he revealed that being featured for five mins to the end of the game can boost the confidence of a player, instead of granting him a starting place, he messes up and that may be his end in the national team.

He particularly noted that it was only five minutes from regulation time that the then national team coaches gave him to prove himself and the rest is now history.

“Nigerians should avoid  putting pressure on young players newly invited to the national team. The pressure is very high in the national team compared to your club. It is better for them to have a few minutes of action in a game as it happened to me when I joined the Super Eagles,” Ahmed Musa said.

“I was given only five minutes to play when I joined the team.  The five minutes kept me in the Super Eagles. So, if Nigerians put pressure on young players to have more playing time or to even start a game and they make mistakes, that may be their end in the national team.

“We have lots of pressure in the Super Eagles and one little mistake may spell doom for the career of a young player who just joined the team,” he said.

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