Musa Muhammed: Ivorians­ begged me to miss penalty

African Youth Cup Senegal 2015 - Musa Mohamed allegations: "Ivorians players including the goalkeeper asked me to miss the penalty!

A report on read the flying Eagles skipper, Musa Muhammed said Cote d’Ivoire players begged him to throw away his second-half penalty in Saturday’s final AYC Group A match in Mbour.

The penalty goal, the third by the right fullback at Senegal 2015, drew the Flying Eagles level at 2-2 and eventually eliminated the Ivorians from the tour­nament.

“The players including the goalkeeper begged me to miss the penalty, saying we are all champions and we should play for each other… But I remained focused and professional to score the penalty and earn us a draw, which was a sweet revenge for the two losses we suffered at the hands of the Ivorian U-17 team two years ago in Morocco. Most of the players from that tournament were also here in Senegal.”

Musa revealed.

He added:

“In Morocco, we were against both Cote d’Ivoire and the referee. They kicked us so much that at a time (Isaac) Suc­cess wanted to be re­placed.”

Nigeria will meet Ghana on Wednesday for semi fi­nals in Dakar.

“I have seen here in Senegal at least six play­ers from the Mali U-17 team we played against two years ago in a qualifying match for the 2013 CAF U-17 Championship,” said the Flying Eagles star de­fender.

“They are very big and powerful players but we will be ready for them on Wednesday.”

Two years ago, the Gold­en Eaglets led by Musa beat Mali 2-0 in Calabar before the dumped them 3-0 in Bamako in the reverse fix­ture to qualify for the 2013 U-17 Championship.

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