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Musa joins an elite group as Nigeria beat Cape Verde

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has become a centurion, joining an elite group of Nigerians to have hit that mark, and he celebrated the milestone with a comeback win for Nigeria against Cape Verde.

Cape Verde who broke the deadlock in the 20th minute through Dylan Tavares and 10 minutes later, Victor Osimhen equalized for Nigeria, but with 13 minutes to go, Verde midfielder, Rocha Santos looped his goalkeeper from the midfield to give Nigeria a 2-1 lead.

It is a victory Ahmed Musa will cherish for the rest of his life, because he made his 100th appearance for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, becoming only the third Nigerian, to hit that mark, after Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama, who both have 101 caps.

Yobo, who made his debut for the national team on March 24, 2001, in an Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Zambia, became the first Nigerian to hit 100 caps for the Super Eagles, in Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, scoring an own goal.

Enyeama, who is arguably Nigeria’s best goalkeeper, made his debut for the Nigeria national team against Kenya in May 2002, and he played his 100th game for the Super Eagles in a 1-0 loss to Uganda in 2015, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, in Uyo.

Unlike the two predecessors, Musa celebrated his 100th cap with a win and he is just two games away from becoming the Nigerian with the most appearances for the Super Eagles, and with two World Cup qualifying games to come in October, Musa may just hit his mark then.

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