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Aiyenugba on possible Super Eagles return and Musa's showdown

Musa makes NPFL return

Dele Aiyenugba has responded to question about the possibility of his return to Nigeria's senior men's national team. 

The 37-year-old goalkeeper borned by Kogi parents but raised in Ilorin, enjoyed a decade long playing time representing the country at various levels, including the Super Eagles from 2005 to 2015.

Aiyenugba has been in an impressive form for Kwara United, keeping at least four clean sheets to keep his side's stay at the top of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Despite her stunning form, the former Enyimba goalkeeper, who made 17 appearances for the Super Eagles insists he is not keen about making a return to the national team.

“I don't want to go back to the national team, I am done,” Aiyenugba said.

The 37-year-old's wealth of experience has provided the Ilorin-based club a firm rearguard that has launched them to the  top of the league  ahead of other regular title contenders.

Aiyenugba is on the quest to win his fifth NPFL title after previously claiming the title with Enyimba in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007.

While he was with the People's Elephant of Aba, the goalkeeper was a significant part of the team that ruled the continent, winning the CAF Champions League twice in 2003 and 2004 as well as the African Super Cup in 2004 and 2005.

In 2007, Aiyenugba left Enyimba for Israel, where he played for teams like Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Iksal, and Hapoel Afula during his 13-year stay.

Just like Aiyenugba, Ahmed Musa, who is the Super Eagles captain, recently rejoined Kano Pillars on a short-term deal till the end of the season and the Kwara United shotstopper is eager to unite with his former national teammate.

“It was a good decision and I want to welcome Ahmed Musa back to the NPFL as I am sure that he will definitely enjoy his stay at Kano Pillars because he is not new there,” Aiyenugba told Legit.ng.

“We were teammates for years in the Super Eagles and very close and all I can say about Ahmed Musa is that he is a gentle and humble person who always want peace.

“I can't wait for me to face him in the league when my team Kwara United tackle Kano Pillars. It will be interesting.”

Samuel AHMADU

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