|Friday, August 24, 2018|
t's indeed the painful exit of a great international player; a Nigerian international: Victor Moses! Victor Moses' rather relatively short passage through the Super Eagles of Nigeria, was very, very eventful. In this period of time, he helped Nigeria achieve great things in soccer: he helped win the 2013 Nations' cup competition, in South Africa; he helped get a fifth World cup ticket for Nigeria, to Brazil 2014, and helped the Super Eagles get to the second round of the same competition; and, also helped get the record sixth World cup ticket to Russia 2018. He was one of the light points of a rather very average Super Eagles' display in Russia 2018.
Yours sincerely noticed that during his international career, he missed not less than twenty international matches, for Nigeria! Was it by accident or design? Did he find it difficult combining international soccer with his club career and family? Certainly, it couldn't have been a case of lack of patriotism, for he always gave his best whenever he wore the Nigerian colours. Moreover, he agreed to play for a country where his parents were killed, in rather unfortunate circumstances!
Yours sincerely remembers his international soccer career thus:
Victor Moses first came into the national team at the time of Coach Samson Sia Sia, he was invited for the 2012 Nations' cup qualifier against Ethiopia, in Abuja, Nigeria. He trained with the team, but couldn't play because the international clearance needed to finalise the switch of international allegiance from England to Nigeria, wasn't gotten. He, finally, made his debut for Nigeria, in the 2013 Nations' cup qualifier, first leg match, in Kigali, against hosts Rwanda, in 2012, under the late Coach Stephen Keshi, of blessed memory. He, finally, helped the team qualify for the 2013 Nations' cup tournament in South-Africa.
At the 2013 Nations' cup competition, he, initially, had a subdued start to the competition; but gradually warmed up to finally get to the top of his game. He scored the two vital penalty goals that sealed victory for Nigeria against Ethiopia, and, saw the Super Eagles to the quarter- finals of the competition.
In the quarter-final match against the dreaded "Elephants" of Ivory Coast, in a match the Super Eagles were destined to lose, he showed great form and helped the Super Eagles eek out a rather impossible, 2-1 victory! Not even the unfair physical challenge from Yaya Toure, could stop him! From then onwards, he never looked back as the Super Eagles meandered their way to victory.
In the semi-final encounter against the Malians, he exhibited a superb performance! Victor Moses' superb body swerves, took out the Malian defender from the right flank, before he sent out a low cross, which was headed home by Elderson Echiejile, for the Super Eagles' first goal. For the second goal, he was also provider, as his cross field lobbed pass was beautifully controlled by Emmanuel Emenike, who ran down the right flank to provide a cross that was stabbed into the net by Brown Ideye.
In the final match, notwithstanding playing with injury, sustained in the Malian match, he did quite well, to help Nigeria obtain a third Nations' cup victory!
He won the prize of the best "Young player" of the 2013 Nations' cup competition! He was also in the CAF Nations' cup team!
He further helped the Super Eagles get a fifth World cup ticket to Brazil!
He played against Egypt, in Alexandria, in 2016, during the 2017 Nations' cup qualifier against hosts Egypt. One remembers his bullet-packed shot that hit the Egyptian goal post in that match, that could have been the equaliser in that match for Nigeria. Like the polyvalent and ubiquitous player he is, he shone brilliantly that day in mid-field!
He was one of the leading personalities that helped the Super Eagles under Coach Rohr, get the 2018 World cup ticket to Russia!
He will certainly be hugely missed, as he was such a great player! Yours sincerely describes him as the: silky, silvery, flowery -skilled, magnificent and ubiquitous Victor Moses! Is anybody in disagreement? He is a highly talented player; one of the best five players, in my considered opinion, to have played for the Super Eagles Nigeria, in all over forty years yours sincerely has watched / observed the Super Eagles of Nigeria!!!!!!!!
In conclusion, one wishes Victor Moses the very best in his club career. Please God, he will get to the absolute top in his soccer career; his best days are still ahead of him! This is the reason yours sincerely is still hoping he changes his mind and comes back to play for his father land. After all he is only twenty-seven years old!
UP VICTOR MOSES! UP NIGERIA!!!!!!