Super Eagles’ Vice-Captain Ahmed Musa has named Samuel Chukwueze, Wilfred Ndidi, Jamilu Collins and Chidozie Awaziem as the players for the future for the Nigerian national team.
Concise News reports that Chukwueze, scorer in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over South Africa was named Man Of The Match, and Musa is impressed by the young player.
“Chukwueze is one of the young and talented players in our squad. He had a great game today [Wednesday] and scored a fantastic goal.
“I think with time he is going to be one of the best players we have in the Super Eagles team.
“Chidozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi and Jamilu Collins are also other young talents in the squad and players for the future.
“As you know, we the old players in the squad are gradually winding down and will not be here in a couple of years from now.
“So, we definitely need players like them to step up and take over from us,” Musa told reporters in a post-match interview.
On the hard-fought victory over the Bafana Bafana, the Saudi Arabia-based player says patience was the key as the three-time African champions progressed to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt on Wednesday.
“We knew that the game against South Africa would be tough and not an easy ride.
“So, we spoke and reminded ourselves of the need to be patient as we worked towards achieving our goal.
“As you can see, we had to wait until the last minute to score the decisive goal and that is the most important thing,” he says.
Musa noted that both Nigeria and South Africa had similar styles of play as they possessed more attacking prowess on the flanks.
“I think the same thing they (South Africa) have is what we too have on the wings. Both teams played the same style of football.
“But the difference was that we were more patient and persistent in our approach than our opponents.
The Super Eagles now await the winners between Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria in one of Thursday’s quarter-final matches.