Musa was injured before Nigeria's friendly against Ukraine
Super Eagles assistant captain Ahmed Musa has urged his colleagues not to be couraged with Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations semi final game at the Cairo International Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez was the hero when he scored the winning goal with a last minute free-kick to help the Desert Foxes reach the 2019 final.
A William Troost-Ekong own goal had given Algeria the lead before Odion Ighalo’s penalty levelled the scores.
With the match heading for extra time, Mahrez whipped a fierce set-piece into the top corner to dash Nigeria’s hope of reaching the final and win their their fourth title.
In a post match interview, Musa admitted that the Algeria game was difficult but he believes there is something to play for in the losers’ final game against Tunisia on Wednesday.
The Al-Nassr FC of Saudi Arabia forward is of the view that winning a bronze medal at the tournament will be better than coming home empty handed.
He insisted that the team’s future is bright with the array of young players in the squad.
“The match was very difficult and we knew it would be very difficult. As you can see, at the end of the day that we lost.
“We don’t have to give up. We have a very young team and we just have to put our head up for the next game. The game against Cameroon was difficult too and today we lost a game. Everything is past now. As you can see they were lucky to score the last goal and there is nothing we can do,” Musa said.