Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has confirmed that his final appearance for the Super Eagles will be at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 29-year-old is his country’s most-capped international, and he has his sights set on the World Cup final in Qatar later this year.
Before that, he hopes to end his final appearance at the continental showpiece event on a high note, as he did in 2013.
“It’s something I’ve really considered, and I feel blessed to be able to say that this will be my final Nations Cup with Nigeria.
“What matters is that I give everything I’ve got in order to win for my country.” The players are well aware of my intentions, and we have a team that is capable of repeating as champions.
“It looks exactly like my first tournament in 2013 when no one gave us a chance and we ended up winning Africa.”
“I want my Nations Cup story to end on a high note, like the first one, by winning it.”
Musa believes it is time for the Super Eagles’ younger generation to shine.
“It’s important to give other young players a chance to come through and play in the tournament,” he stated emphatically.
“As a young player, I got my chance.” I was able to fulfill some of my childhood dreams.
“Everything has to come to an end, and my journey comes to an end here in Cameroon.”
Nigeria’s 2021 Nations Cup Group D campaign kicks off on Tuesday (16:00 GMT) against seven-time champions Egypt
Musa, of Fatih Karagumruk, is Nigeria’s most-capped player, having appeared in 102 games since his debut as a 17-year-old in 2010.
He played in the last two World Cups and helped the Super Eagles win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.
Musa became his country’s all-time leading scorer after scoring twice in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
Aside from his desire to help Nigeria win a fourth Nations Cup, the former Kano Pillars, Leicester City, and CSKA Moscow winger hope to compete in this year’s global event in Qatar.
Nigeria is still waiting to find out who will face them in the March play-offs for a place in the tournament.
“Playing in another World Cup is a dream of mine,” Musa added.
“I believe we have a squad that is equally committed to qualifying in March, but first and foremost, we want to win this tournament in Cameroon.”
He began his professional career with Dutch club VVV Venlo before moving on to Russia, England, and Saudi Arabia before joining Turkish top-flight club Fatih Karagumruk at the end of the previous season.