Nigeria vs Angola: Captain Ahmed Musa ruled out of quarterfinal clash due to injury

Nigeria vs Angola: Captain Ahmed Musa ruled out of quarterfinal clash due to injury
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Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles, has been dealt a significant blow ahead of their quarterfinal clash against Angola in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Captain Ahmed Musa, a key figure in the squad, will be sidelined for the crucial encounter due to a thigh injury sustained during a training session earlier this week.

The injury setback comes as a disappointment for both Ahmed Musa and the team, as the experienced winger has yet to make an appearance for Nigeria in the ongoing AFCON 2023.

Ahmed Musa, who boasts an impressive international career, has missed all four games the Super Eagles have played so far in the tournament.

The absence of Ahmed Musa, known for his pace and goal-scoring ability, will undoubtedly be felt by the team.

His leadership on the field and vast experience could have played a pivotal role in guiding Nigeria through the knockout stages of the tournament.

The injury was reportedly incurred during a routine training session, and the medical staff has deemed Musa unfit to participate in the upcoming quarterfinal match against Angola.

The extent of the injury and the expected recovery period have not been officially disclosed, leaving fans in suspense regarding Ahmed Musa's potential return later in the tournament if Nigeria advances.

Osayi-Samuel to miss quarterfinal clash against Angola

Samuel Osayi Bright (Nigeria) looks on during a African Cup of Nations
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In a significant blow to Nigeria's defensive lineup, right-back Bright Osayi-Samuel is set to miss the Super Eagles' quarterfinal clash against Angola in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The talented defender is currently nursing a knee injury, adding to the team's injury concerns as they progress through the knockout stages of the tournament.

Osayi-Samuel, who has made two appearances for the three-time African champions in the competition, has been a crucial part of the defensive unit.

His absence will undoubtedly be felt by the team, as they aim to navigate the challenges posed by the resilient Angolan side.

Stanley Nwabali given green light: Chippa United goalkeeper cleared to defend Super Eagles' goal against Angola

 Stanley Bobo Nwabali (Nigeria) looks on during African Cup of Nations
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Stanley Nwabali is set to take his place between the goalposts for the Super Eagles.

The Chippa United goalkeeper's availability for the clash was uncertain after he sustained a mild ligament injury during Nigeria's Round of 16 triumph against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon last Saturday.

Despite initial concerns about Nwabali's fitness, recent reports indicate that the 27-year-old shot-stopper has been given the green light by the team's medical staff to feature in the crucial quarterfinal encounter against Pedro Goncalves' Angola.

Nwabali has been a stalwart presence in the Nigerian goal throughout the AFCON 2023 finals, showcasing his skills and earning accolades for his crucial saves.

Having conceded just once in four outings, Nwabali has played a pivotal role in the Super Eagles' journey through the tournament.

The mild ligament injury, which raised concerns among fans and pundits alike, seems to be manageable, allowing Nwabali to recover in time for the quarterfinal clash.

His resilience and commitment to the team's cause make him a vital asset as Nigeria aims to progress further in the competition.

The Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan is set to host this high-stakes encounter on Friday, where Nwabali will look to maintain his impressive form and contribute to the Super Eagles' defensive solidity.

The anticipation surrounding this quarterfinal clash has only heightened with the confirmation of Nwabali's availability.

As Nigeria seeks to secure a spot in the AFCON semifinals, the focus will undoubtedly be on the entire squad, and Nwabali's presence in goal adds a layer of confidence to the team.

The Super Eagles will be banking on his shot-stopping abilities to thwart the attacking threats posed by the Black Antelopes of Angola in what promises to be an exhilarating quarterfinal matchup.

This article was most recently revised and updated 5 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.