Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has backed their goalkeeping options which includes Chippa United’s Stanley Nwabali at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles come into the tournament under immense scrutiny from their local media and fans with no wins in their last three games, with draws against Zimbabwe and Lesotho and losing to Guinea heading into the tournament at Ivory Coast.
Goalkeepers have been one of the major talking points and Nwabali, who’s been one of the standout players in the DStv Premiership earned a call-up with the hope of remedying their defensive woes.
“I think our goalkeepers are one of the best, it’s like saying to friends your home countries’ food is not good,” Musa said in the pre-match press conference in Abidjan on Saturday morning ahead of their tournament opener against Equatorial Guinea.
The veteran winger who along with Kenneth Omeruo, are the only member left of the 2013 AFCON winning squad in South Africa under the late Steven Keshi, also hit back at the criticism they receive on social media.
“I’m not a kid, I don’t worry about what people say on social media,” he added. “I had a meeting with the players saying they need to be ready for what’s said on social media – they [fans] don’t understand what we go through.”
The Super Eagles and the National Thunder do battle on Sunday at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium (16h00).