Musa Reveals Reasons Behind Mikel, Moses, and Ighalo’s Exit from Super Eagles

Super Eagles’ captain, Ahmed Musa, sheds light on the departure of Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, and Odion Ighalo from the national team, attributing it to the intense scrutiny of Nigerian fans.

Addressing the circumstances around the retirement of these seasoned players ahead of Nigeria’s clash against Zimbabwe, Musa emphasized the impact of media reports on their decisions.

“We lost crucial players due to media pressure,” lamented Musa, expressing the team’s ongoing need for players like Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.

Despite the infusion of young talent, Musa stressed the necessity of experienced players to guide them, a void currently felt within the team.


Mikel bid farewell to the Super Eagles in 2019 after the Africa Cup of Nations, while Moses exited post-2018 World Cup in Russia.

Appealing to the media, Musa requested leniency towards young players, acknowledging the strain they endure from fans’ expectations.

“I implore the media to ease the pressure on these young talents. They can’t perform under constant scrutiny,” pleaded Musa.

Additionally, Musa disclosed the distressing circumstances surrounding Ighalo’s departure, citing death threats on social media directed at the striker and his family.

“Why force Ighalo out with threats against his family? It’s disheartening to be treated this way after representing our country,” expressed Musa.

Ighalo initially retired after the 2019 AFCON but faced obstacles returning for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due to club restrictions imposed by Al Shabab.

Musa, who made his debut at 17, emphasized the need for support for the younger players, emphasizing the pressure they face on social media platforms.

In closing, Musa, with 108 appearances, holds the record for the most games played for the national team, underlining his commitment to the Super Eagles

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