I SURRENDER: Flying Eagles’ Musa Yahaya accepts his fate as a ligament tear will force him to miss next month’s CAF U-20 African Youth Championship. –
A knee ligament tear has ruled out Tottenham Hotspur youth star Musa Yahaya from next month’s African Youth Championship in Senegal.
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba announced that Musa Yahaya will miss the U-20 championship after he suffered a knee injury in the team’s second test match against the Ghana Black Satellites last week in Tema.
Yahaya, 17, was forced out of the match in the 51st minute after he went in for a tackle and suffered a knee ligament tear in the process.
“The scan result shows that Musa Yahaya will not be available for the AYC,” disclosed coach Garba.
“It’s a huge loss for the team as he is a key player, but we have no choice but to forge ahead without him now.
“We wish him quick recovery and hopefully he will join us for the World Cup when we qualify.”
The player himself has taken his injury setback philosophically, saying it is the will of Allah.
It is believed the former Nigeria U-17 star will be sidelined for up to six weeks if “conservatively managed”.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has also contacted the player’s English Premier League on the latest development.
Manu is expected to announce a final 21-man squad on latest by Thursday midnight for onward submission to the Confederation of African Football, CAF.