Super Eagles: Recalling Victor Moses is a bad idea


Victor Moses is reportedly open to a return to the Super Eagles three years after retiring from international football.

Sports agent Drew Uyi opened up on a YouTube interview on the winger’s desire to represent Nigeria again.

“He (Moses) will come back, but he’s not fussy about it, he could come for a year. He is a professional, he will always deliver.” Uyi said.

Rumor has it that Victor Moses has even been included in a provisional 40-man list for the upcoming African Cup of Nations.

So let’s explore what that could mean for both Victor Moses and Nigeria.

Do the Super Eagles need Victor Moses?

The answer to that question is a straight-up emphatic NO. It’s even baffling that Moses is in contention for a spot with the wide array of talents Nigeria has in forward areas.

That’s not to say Victor Moses hasn’t been playing well, he’s a regular for Spartak Moscow. The Nigerian has played 21 games so far this season, 18 as a starter on the right wing and returned two goals and five assists.

But Moses will turn 31 years old in three days and doesn’t match up to the high level of young attacking talent in the Super Eagles right now.

Super Eagles wingers better than Moses

One of such players is 23-year old Chidera Ejuke who also plays in Russia like Moses but with CSKA Moscow. Ejuke has scored four and assisted three in 17 games for CSKA.

He’s also regarded as one of the best dribblers in the world and has the versatility to play multiple positions across the forward line.

Moses Simon has been performing at a high level for Nantes in the French Ligue 1, winning multiple player of the month awards.

Samuel Chukwueze is one of the best youngsters in world football right now. And although the winger is just returning from a lengthy injury layoff, he’s still a key player for Villareal.

Not to even mention the likes of Emmanuel Dennis, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu and many others who should be ahead of Victor Moses is the queue for an AFCON spot.

It’s worth asking why Victor Moses is even considering returning to the Super Eagles. Afterall he did quit on us when we needed him three years ago.

He retired from national team duty to focus on his club career right after the 2018 World Cup. Moses was one of Nigeria’s best players at the time and he didn’t care.

So why is he now interested in representing Nigeria all of a sudden especially now that the country no longer needs him?

His agent mentioned that he would like to play for a year, conveniently when the AFCON is around the corner and Nigeria could also be going to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Seems to me like nothing has changed since we last saw Moses in 2018. Victor Moses still doesn’t care about the Super Eagles, he just wants one last run at major tournaments to boost his relevance.


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