Algeria vs Nigeria: Ahmed Musa is Super Eagles' biggest threat at AFCON 2019

Algeria vs Nigeria: Ahmed Musa is Super Eagles' biggest threat at AFCON 2019

- Algeria vs Nigeria AFCON 2019 semifinal clash takes center stage on Sunday, July 14

- Nigerian legend Joseph Yobo names Ahmed Musa as the Super Eagles stand out player at the tournament so far

- The Al Nassr forward is the current captain at the camp in the absence of Mikel Obi

Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has named Ahmed Musa as Nigeria's most dreaded player at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt.

The former Everton and Fenerbahce defender highlighted the attacker's performance so far with the three time African champions, saying his speed could terrify any defender.

Musa was a thorn in the flesh for South Africa on the left flank anytime he had the ball and also played a crucial role on the team's 2-1 win over Bafana Bafana.

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Though, he is yet to find the back of the net, the former Leicester City star has been highly impressive deputising John Obi Mikel, who has been out due to injury.

"Nigeria is always blessed with talent. When we talk about going forward, I see that as our strength because we always have players that can take on opponents one-on-one with individual brilliance and getting a goal out of nothing," Yobo told

"That has always been our strength. Musa is the most experienced player in the team now because he's the captain when Mikel is not playing."

Yobo further revealed that he tried avoid playing Musa during his time with the national team, saying he could beat any defender with his speed and skills.

He added that the former CSKA Moscow star is a match winner having proven himself quite well at the World Cup. He remains the Nigerian with the most goal at the global fiesta.

"He's got everything, his speed is terrifying as a defender if you ask who I don't like playing against, I will tell you Musa all day.

"I don't want it because I tried it a few times in training and I know he's got it. He is a match-winner, we saw that at the World Cup when he scored a brace and it is not the first time it's happening.

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"Musa has been our biggest threat, every time Musa had the ball, the defenders were on their back foot, they were under a lot of pressure. Sometimes decision making and understanding didn't really click [against South Africa].

"Musa was outstanding because you always need someone that will take the ball to the opponent, somebody that will make opponents defend close to their post and that's what he's got.

"If you defend high against Musa, he will beat you with his speed all day. He is an intelligent player, he has improved very well. He's our biggest threat because I know as a defender."

FIFA U17 World Cup winner Samuel Chukwueze grabbed first AFCON championship debut and scored his first goal for the team against South Africa.

And the former Everton star has this to say about the youngster: "Chukwueze did well, got his goal which is refreshing for a young player but it takes time for players to adapt to the national team.

"He is one for the future, he scored his first goal for Nigeria at Afcon that will give him confidence. He's very talented.

"Potentially, his future is very bright. He did very well against South Africa and the goal will take him a long way.

Yobo also reserved praise for Arsenal star Alex Iwobi for his contributions from the middle of the park.

"We have a lot going forward, Alex Iwobi is adapting to the no. 10 position. We saw the goal he scored against Cameroon, in that position, you need someone that has legs,” he added.

"Sometimes, you needed to defend against the no. 6, so he's doing a lot of dirty jobs as much as going forward which is good to see.

"This team has quality and you can't really pick out one player. Ighalo has scored three goals, in the last game he didn't score but we saw Chukwueze and Ekong scoring.

"It is good to have a couple of players that score goals in a team, sometimes if you rely on one person, you can get done.”

Yobo further assessed the team's overall performance in Egypt as they aim for a fourth Afcon title after missing the two last editions.

"So far, the Nigeria team started slowly in the group stage, when you come to camp, you don't have enough time to settle down with some players injured, some needed time to come to full fitness, so things gradually take time," he continued.

"What is good for Nigeria is that we qualified out of the group, in the Round of 16, we saw an improved team when we played against defending champions Cameroon.

"Losing 2-1, we came back and showed character by fighting hard. In football most times, you have to earn the right to win. It is either you go up or you come down.

"Against South Africa, we started very well and it was a very good game. We were proactive, took the game to the South Africans and got the early goal but in the second half, we saw the Nigeria team being cautious which is normal.

"In football, sometimes you want to defend what you have to but I thought it happened too early and at that moment, when you come back you need your getaway boy - Ahmed Musa.

"Tactically, they did everything right against South Africa and they won the game in the last minute.

"At this stage, you're playing against a team you're not bigger than, we need to grind out results and play as a team.

"The team spirit and character will drive Nigeria through but don't forget, we're in Egypt to make our mark and so far, we've been doing it. earlier reported that Super Eagles trio of Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and defender Chidozie Awaziem have been declared fit to face Algeria in AFCON 2019 semifinal clash on Sunday, July 14.

There have been reports that these three players may not be fit for Nigeria's next AFCON 2019 game against Algeria due to the knocks they suffered against South Africa.

Ahmed Musa was superb for Nigeria against the Bafana Bafana in the quarterfinal, but the former Kano Pillars man was replaced in the second half with Moses Simon. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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