By Johnny Edward in Uyo:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:
Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa says the Ramadan fasting will have no adverse effect on his performance if he is selected by coach Gernot Rohr for Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa's Bafana Bafana here in Uyo, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
There was a report last week that Rohr held talks with the Muslim players in the squad about shelving the Ramadan fasting ahead of the game, but Musa insisted that such meeting was never held.
Musa is one of the four practicing Muslims the current Eagles squad alongside Maroof Youssef, Alhassan Ibrahim and Abdullahi Shehu and Ramadan is the month during which adult Muslims are mandated to abstain from food and drinks, including water, from dawn till dusk.
Musa admitted in an interview with Completesportsnigeria.com that only a win at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday will atone for the Eagles' inability to qualify for the 2015 AFCON.
"It's not the first time I'm fasting and playing football as well," the Leicester City star told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"It's up to the coach to decide if I get to play or not but that won't in anyway affect my game.
"We have put that behind us that unfortunate game and we need to win to start the campaign well. It's our first game and we are confident."