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NFF reacts as FIFA reduces Ahmed Musa’s caps to 98

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has accepted FIFA’s decision to reduce Ahmed Musa’s number of caps for the Super Eagles to 98.

In a statement on Wednesday, the NFF admitted its error in its compilation of national team captain’s record.

The federation said FIFA was right in its counting, which currently puts Musa at 98 caps for Nigeria.

While NFF earlier declared Musa had made 100 appearances, FIFA insisted he had 98 caps, after featuring in the Nigeria vs Cape Verde 2022 World Cup qualifier.

FIFA explained that Musa’s appearances in the 3-0 defeat of Togo in a friendly match in Paris in June 2017 and the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifier against Algeria in Constantine in November 2017 did not count.

The match against Togo was chalked off as both Nigeria and Togo made more than the regular number of changes in the game.

The game in Constantine was deleted, because Nigeria fielded an ineligible player and the result was overturned.

“We defer to FIFA in this regard, so Ahmed Musa has 98 caps. If he features, as expected, in the home-and-away matches against Central African Republic in October, he will clock the tally of 100 and the celebrations will follow in full flow,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said on Wednesday.

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