Nigerian captain Ahmed Musa
Friday Jan 07, 2022. 15:00
Salah is regarded as one of the best footballers in the world and has been in superb form for Liverpool again this season, contributing 16 goals and nine assists in 20 Premier League appearances.
However, former Leicester winger Musa believes the Nigerians have more quality in their squad and highlighted Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze as one of the players that can cause the North African giants all sorts of problems.
“I know everybody will be talking about Salah but if you look at our own side we have a lot of players they would be worried about,” he was quoted as saying by All Nigeria Soccer.
“Definitely we don’t have to think about Salah, they have to think about [our] own players. They only talk about Salah but we have Chukwueze, a lot of players from the wings that are more dangerous, so their own defenders too will be thinking about us.”
Augustine Eguavoen’s squad is vastly more experienced than the group which finished third at AFCON 2019 in Egypt, and Musa believes this will stand them in good stead for the 33rd edition of the African showpiece.
“Experience is going to help us a lot. In Egypt we had only two players that had been in the AFCON
, me and Kenneth Omeruo, and then we finished in the third position,” he added.
“With that experience that we have, this is not World Cup but African football, you have to keep that fantastic football at home, you just have to go all out.
“With the experience that we have in Egypt I know we are going to do what everyone is expecting us to do.”