Super Eagles winger-cum-striker Ahmed Musa has expressed appreciation and gratitude to Nigerian fans for the overwhelming support they gave the team in Russia.
Nigeria bowed out of the 2018 World Cup after a late strike by defender Marco Rojo gave Argentina a 2-1 win over the Super Eagles on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
Musa said although the defeat was painful, he insisted it was a worthy adventure.
“Thank you for all your support throughout this journey. I thank God for this opportunity to represent my country in the World Cup and compete with the best in the world.
”Although we were not victorious we fought hard until the very end. As you all are we are also disappointed and will use this as motivation to come back stronger.
”We are Naija and I hope we can continue to make you all proud!”
Agaisnt Argentina, the former Kano Pillars striker played through the pain barrier as he was nursing an injury.
Despite this, Musa refused to be rested or be substituted early, as he insisted on fighting it out for Nigeria against the rampaging Argentinian team
Ahmed Musa entered Nigerian World Cup folklore after scoring a brace against Iceland in their second match of the tournament.
That feat has made him not only the highest Nigerian goal-scorer in World Cup history, but the first African to score a brace in two successive World Cup.
Musa also scored against Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Prior to the mundial, Musa was struggling at English premier league club side Leicester City.
He went on-loan back to his former club CSKA Moscow, and the Jos-born maestro found his goal scoring form which he carried on to the World Cup.
Media reports indicate parent club Leicester have back-tracked on selling the Nigerian international, and now want to give him a look-in next season.