Musa targets goals against Messi, Argentina

Pius Ayinor, Volgograd, Russia

Nigeria attacker, Ahmed Musa can hardly wait for the match against Argentina on Tuesday to come up. The Leicester City striker is very is confident Super Eagles would not relax until they are able to pick a qualification ticket in the Russia 2018 event on Tuesday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.

Musa scored both goals for Nigeria in their 2-0 win against Iceland in their World Cup encounter on Friday in Volgograd and it was Musa who hit a brace in the 3-2 Nigeria loss to Argentina in Brazil four years ago.

At the post-match press conference on Friday, the attacker said that on a personal note, he was quite excited and ready for Tuesday given what the match means to him. He told the packed hall that duels with Lionel Messi at the national and club levels had become quite memorable to him.

He said, ”I think scoring against Argentina is not that difficult for me; but every game I take it step by step. If I’m going to score against Argentina, I am hopefully going to do that.

”For me and for the team we have to work very hard, we know the importance of the last game, it’s do or die. We have to win, we don’t have to lose, and we have to go for a draw or win. It has become very interesting for me facing Messi. I scored against Argentina twice at the 2014 World Cup and another two goals for me against him and Barcelona at the club level. And so I look forward to Tuesday (day of the match) as anything can happen.”

Musa made his sixth World Cup appearance against Iceland, and took his tally in both tournaments to four goals. He is now the highest scoring Nigerian at the World Cup.

Didier Drogba has lavished praise on Musa after the Friday World Cup heroics for Nigeria. The 25 year-old Leicester City striker’s first was a delightful volley having controlled Victor Moses’ cross. His second, sandwiched in-between a crossbar-thumping effort from the left, was a mazy run rounded off with a calm finish.

And Drogba, who notched two World Cup goals in eight appearances for Ivory Coast, was particularly impressed with Musa’s first.

“That’s a great finish,” Drogba said on the BBC.

“The first touch is unbelievable. That’s the perfect touch to finish a goal. It’s a good ball, a good touch – most of the time it’s a goal. That’s what makes it a beautiful goal. Wow.”