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Pinnick Set To Lure Moses Back To Eagles For 2019 AFCON

Pinnick Set To Lure Moses Back To Eagles For 2019 AFCON

The Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick is poised to meet with Chelsea winger Victor Moses and his representative in a fortnight in a bid to lure him back to the Super Eagles fold ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations tournament in June reports Completesports.com.

‎Moses called time on his international footballing career after featuring for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 27 year old winger cited family reasons and club commitments as the major motive for his decision to quit the Nigeria national team.

Pinnick in an interview with Channels TV sports program, Sports Tonight stated that if Moses insist on his stance, then the NFF will organise a proper testimonial for him similar to what England did for Wayne Rooney.

“With all due respect to Nigerians am talking with Victor Moses because I believe he is somebody who has paid his dues and you don’t just leave Nigeria unceremoniously and I told him that.

“I talk to him everyday and I made him understand the reason why you know. He is very eager, very very eager but he still want to talk to me. Even if you say am begging him, I don’t mind.” Pinnick said.

“It’s not as if they are no players but you see we should encourage our players when they say oh I’m retiring, maybe it’s out of ego, we need to bring them in.

“It’s like your wife saying am not going to this event, you’ll go and beg her, she will go to the event and of course make an impact.

“The same thing here, he has paid his dues. I recall the Nations Cup we won, he scored two penalties in the game against Ethiopia with ten minutes to go and that catapulted us for the quarter final. So you just don’t say he want to go, let him go.”

“I will be meeting with him and his agent in a fortnight and even if he want to go, there must be a ceremony for him and that’s the truth.

“Look at what England did for Wayne Rooney, they brought him back. We must celebrate them all the time and that’s the truth,” he concluded.

The Chelsea winger played 37 times for his country, scoring 12 times since making his debut in 2012.

Moses won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 2013, and represented the nation at two World Cups, in 2014 and 2018.

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  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Moses can only play as a wing back if he comes back lol!

  • keep lick moses ass. beggin dat proud boy to make him more proud. u are not a leader.how can a king kneelin cryin and beggin his already divorced wife. u are a disgrace to nigeria.

    • Kelvin 2 years ago

      Your comment reeks of arrogance and pride, who said a good leader should not plead to placate his subjects?

    • Paschal 2 years ago

      My God !!!! Oluwa, why on earth would you speak like this about your fellow human being created by God. Oluwa, this your comment is not fair at all at all. It is highly regrettable, please kindly stop this. I beg you in Gods name.

    • Sentiments aside, Oluwa is not happy with what he sees as “unnecessary pampering of a player who clearly no longer wants to play for his fatherland”.

      I get that.

      But some of his language were over the top which is regrettable but scratch underneath that and you will see some merit in the points.

      What Mr Pinnick is saying in essence is that he would try to convince Moses to play for Nigeria but if he doesn’t want to, then he will offer him the dignity if a formal send-off – that seems fair enough to me.

      Oluwa and some contributors have closed the Moses chapter – and do you blame them?

      We are a product of how we think: whilst some of us would want to plead with a divorcing wife to re-consider, others like Oluwa don’t waste time! once you have made up your mind to leave me, goodbye and good luck! there are plenty fish in the sea!

      What some of us don’t want is the kind of needless distraction and disruption that this Moses issue will cause.

      If he wants to come back, let him come back; if not, don’t waste too much time on the matter; move on and move on quick. Let’s nail this issue once and for all and move to better things.

      As things stand, Victor Moses is undoubtedly our most gifted and experienced player at this time. In my eyes, he is right up there with the likes of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Aubameyang when it comes to “stature”.

      Having a motivated, committed, passionate, fit, flying and hungry Victor Moses in the our squad for the Afcon will be a major boost indeed!

      However, if he doesn’t want to play; DO NOT BEG HIM, LET HIM GO, HABA!

      Ivory Coast only won the Africa Cup of Nations after Drogba retired; Nigeria won the 2013 cup of nations without big named players like Obafemi Martins; Brazil won the 2002 world cup without the lethal Romario.

      Life goes on……

  • I’m just wondering who Moses will bench in this super eagles team, is it chukwueze or kalu? Let watch and see.

    • Victor Moses will bench Chukwueze and Samuel Kalu with relative ease……

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Moses problem why he’s frozen out of Chelsea is because of the end product on how he uses the ball Alonso has excelled in this area but Moses never did sometimes the way he swerves the ball towards the goal post you wonder if he is trying to score or pull out. No doubt he is hardworking and skillful and the other issue he has is pride when it comes to playing for Nigeria but karma has a way of catching up that is exactly what is playing at the moment with him at Chelsea! I hope other players will learn but Moses is not a bad player because on the left we have Musa and right wing we have Chukwueze. That is why I give him right wing back because we have no proper right back at the moment!

  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    Moses is a spectacular player any day any time.He gave his all to this Country from 2012 to the time he retired in 2018.The qualifiers for the world cup,he was the highest goal scorer.He almost single handedly qualified us for the world cup,and at the world cup he did not do badly.It is not true that Moses lacks quality crosses, I will urge that u go back to his videos under Conte,he was superb playing in an unusual position.We must not now talk of pride in relation to Moses cos he decided to call it quit.We hardly understand wat this guys go through playing for the Nation, sometimes they have to grapple with a no of things and u know they r humans,we must respect their opinion.
    Pinnick is the best NFF president of all time, cos he’s a true football administrator. He knows that whatever he does to Moses will have ripple effect on other active SE players,so as a sound man-manager even though Moses left like that he must pamper him and treat him well and where he decides not to come back give him a befitting farewell ceremony.This is wat is done every where in the world it’s not New,it does not take anything away from Pinnick,in fact I respect him the more, he will down in history as a man who brought much stability in our football.The lesson in all of these is,don’t Worship and sing praise them cos they play for u,even when they r retired and weak remember them for the good they have done.God bless Nigeria.

  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    In addition, Moses doesn’t have to bench any one he can make the bench.We r preparing for the Nation’s cup and we need our best to be there ur bench should be as strong as ur first 11, that’s wat makes a winning team.Pinnick should plss bring Moses back we need him, more so he’s going to a team where he will play regularly.#bringbackmoses.

  • Im not sure some of you guys are reading between the lines of what this man is talking about. There is nothing wrong in bowing out of the national team but should do so in a good way judging how he contributed to the success of Super Eagles.
    I dont see the reason why he should be called names based on his decision to quit afterall he’s a full grown man and can take his decision, the least we could do as fans is to wish him well and not criticise him.

  • Yes, Moses should only retire after Afcon 2019. Same with Mikel, Ighalo and co. But we need them all to prosecute this year’s Afcon, play alongside and groom the next generation players like Kalu, Osimhen, Chukwueze, Collins etc.

    With Moses, Chukwueze, Kalu, Collins, Iwobi, Ndidi, Mikel, Aina, Ebuehi, Simon, Ekong, Balogun, Musa; I’m so excited about the next Afcon and can practically close my eyes with confidence when SE is playing any team at the tournament.

    Yes, Onyekuru, Idowu, Iheanacho, Shehu, Agu etc are talented players, but at the moment none pumps me up likes Moses, Kalu and Chukwueze (Simon used to be in this list).

    I only wish Rohr is intelligent enough to be able to start them all in a match and utilize all of their skills well.

    Meanwhile, I read somewhere Buhari has ordered EFCC to probe Pinnick and other NFF bigwigs over allegations of embezzlement of FIFA and CAF funds. Seems Buhari has finally succumbed to Dalung’s pressure to remove Pinnick by any means possible – hook or crook. Guess we’re soon in for another round of FIFA ban threats. Trust Buhari, he doesn’t give a hoot about majority or FIFA opinion. Thank God for Osinbajo last time who intervened when Buhari was in a London hospital. Now, Buhari is around and he only listens to his kinsmen in government.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      True bro Dalung is a mad cow and I heard from insider that he will by all mean install Giwa in the end it is we the fans that will suffer

    • That story was planted by Dalung in a phone interview with Raji Babafemi on Brila FM.

      It is nothing but mischief

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    Mark my words, if Moses returns to the SE, it will backfire sgainst him, the coach and the entire team.

    He did well when he was with us. Now that he has gone, let him be.

    A word is enough for the wise.

    • Bomboy, if the conditions are right, I actually don’t think Moses returning to the team for the 2019 Afcon will be a bad idea.

      If he rediscovers his motivation, drive, passion and desire for international football; if the team members warm to his return; if the coaches define a role that will serve the interest of the national team (and the nation); if his return is properly planned, managed and implemented professionally: then I don’t see any reason why he should not be allowed to return.

      Overall stability of the team is all that matters.

      The key question to answer is: will Victor Moses’ return harm or enhance the harmony that presently pervades the national team?

  • It will be a grave mistake if Moses returns to the SE. Yes, his skills as a player are unquestionable. But the Nigerian fans are too vociferous, critical and unforgiving to play around with their psyche.  He’d be nailed if he commits the least error. Let him concentrate on finding a suitable team that will enable him express himself, rather than being frozen out in Chelsea. Pinnick should focus on arranging a testimonial so Moses can be thanked for his invaluable contributions.
    New lethal players have evolved to ensure the continual growth of the SE. Can one turn back the hands of evolution? God bless. 

  • Akeem 2 years ago

    Moses served Nigerian despite all he went through as a child in Nigerian before moving to England, if he’s still willing and ready  to play for Nigerian he should be given the chance havent said that no player is  bigger than our nation he shouldn’t be lure or begged to play we have abundant of talents to tap from locally and in diaspora more quality players are yet to be given the same opportunity ..God bless Moses Nigerians will always be thankful for your service to our nation God bless super eagle  

  • Xhuxhu 2 years ago

    I will honestly love Victor Moses back to Super Eagles, he is a quality player. Whatever made him make that rash decision, we as National team supporters should forgive him and the NFF should sort the problems.
    The question is will a Victor Moses make out team better?Yes,he will..so #Bringvictormosesback.