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Soccer News of Thursday, 9 June 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Super Eagles have no problem playing behind closed doors, says Musa

Ahmed Musa Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa believes playing behind closed doors against Sierra Leone won't be a big problem for the three times African champions as they begin their 2023 AFCON qualifiers campaign.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will begin their 2023 AFCON qualifiers campaign against Sierra Leone today, Thursday, June 9 behind closed doors following the events that climaxed their disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign against rivals Ghana in March.

Disappointed Super Eagles fans invaded the pitch after the blast of the referee's whistle to bring an end to proceedings at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

In response, football's governing body, FIFA slapped a ban on the Super Eagles to play their game behind closed doors.

Speaking ahead of Sierra Leone's encounter, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa insists that playing without fans in the stadium won't be a problem for the three times African champions.

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“We are used to it, there is no problem. we played almost one and half years in the league without the fans(during the COVID-19 lockdown)”, the 29-year-old striker said at the pre-match press conference as reported by Victor Modo.

“That is not a new thing. It is what we have to pay for because we did what we are paying for. So it is left for us to play for what we need because we have to win the fans’ confidence back.”

The Super Eagles return to action in a competitive fixture for the first time after their World Cup disappointment in the 'Jollof Derby' against Ghana.

Coach Jose Peseiro will also play in his first competitive game after two defeats in the friendly against Mexico and Ecuador in the United States.