Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Quarterfinal football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 10 July 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Friday Jul 12, 2019. 10:00
Nigerian star Ahmed Musa has urged Egyptian fans to continue supporting the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
The Super Eagles secured their place in the semi-finals after defeating South Africa 2-1 in a quarter-final match in Cairo on Wednesday night.
Musa, who captained Nigeria in the absence of John Obi Mikel, reflected on the victory over the 1996 AFCON champions South Africa.
"The win is important. We knew it was not going to be easy," Musa said.
"All we had in our mind was winning the game and we are glad to do that at the end of the day.
"We expected that we would win, but we have to keep our head calm," he added.
"We scored the first goal but they equalised. We knew the goal would eventually come and had to be patient. Finally, it came in the 90th minute."
"They should keep supporting us. It's good that Egyptian fans came out to support us. We want to say thank you to them for everything."
Nigeria will now take on Algeria in a semi-final match on Sunday.