Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli is backing Nigeria and Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa to fire their side back to another World Cup.
The Super Eagles were dumped out of the World Cup by Argentina on Tuesday with Marcos Rojo firing home a late winner to send Musa and fellow Foxes Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi home.
Rojo’s winner came after Victor Moses’ penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s superb opener.
And Musa, who hit two goals in a 2-0 defeat of Iceland last week to put Nigeria on the verge of the knockout stages, has been earmarked for praise by Sampaoli.
The 25-year-old hasn’t shown his full potential at the King Power Stadium since signing two summers ago for a fee of around £16 million.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at former club CSKA Moscow.
But should his form continue for Nigeria, the Argentina manager expects to see him back in the big time very soon.
“I think that the team has very good players and they know the elements of the game,” Sampaoli said.
“They have players like Musa, Moses, and many other players who can really make the difference in a tournament like this one.
“I believe that with the years, once they get quality players and once they keep playing with those players who are so skilled individually, Nigeria as a team will keep growing.”