Augustine Eguavoen, Nigeria’s head coach, has stated why he wants Victor Moses to return to the Super Eagles group. After failing to advance beyond the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the 31-year-old right-back/right winger resigned from international football in August 2018. Moses is a consistent performer for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League, having previously played for Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, and Inter Milan.
With the Super Eagles ready to face Ghana in the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this month, Eguavoen believes Moses would be a valuable addition to the national squad. “We want the best for the country. Victor Moses is somebody I adore and I’m looking at ways of trying to get him in and we’ve spoken,” Eguavoen told BBC.
He’s not part of these games [World Cup play-off against Ghana] but hopefully as time goes on because we want the best for the team.
“Whether we like it or not, Victor Moses will still bring some value. But right now he is playing in Russia, we all know the problems with Ukraine and Russia,” he added.
“I am happy to say that my conversation with him is settled.”
Moses, who was born in Nigeria and played for England’s youth teams at the under-16, under-17, under-19, and under-21 levels, chose to play for Nigeria rather than be completely capped for England. Before retiring from international matches in 2018, the Crystal Palace academy product made his senior team debut in 2012, earning 38 caps and scoring 12 goals. He was a key member of Nigeria’s winning campaign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 World Cup campaign.