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The Second Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Shehu Dikko, has revealed the real reason behind Victor Moses’ early exit from his international duties.

The former Super Eagles forward, who announced his retirement in August 2018, told the general public that his decision was consequent on the need to focus on his club and family.

Contrary to speculations about his retirement, Dikko has cast light on the circumstances that led to the players decision.

Victor Moses was very honest. He called everybody that he wanted to take this decision, that he had a new coach [Maurizio Sarri] coming into his team, the tactics is being changed and he needed to sit up, focus and sustain his position in the first team.

We respected his decision, at least we didn’t hear it from the media like some players did. He did it the proper way, discussed with his coach, the President [Amaju Pinnick], the team and some of us that he trusts, that this is what he wanted to do.

— Dikko (Daily Post NG).

He went on to say that, though Moses’ departure was unforeseen, it has made room for other skilled young players like Samuel Kalu, and 19 year old Samuel Chukwueze to get their chance to represent Nigeria.

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This article was first published on 16th November 2018


Achem Samuel is a writer and a musician, he is passionate about God and also an ardent fan of tech, sports and music.

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