CSKA Coach Ends Rift With Ahmed Musa
CSKA Moscow coach, Viktor Goncharenko claims he has forgiven Ahmed Musa and would now backtrack on his earlier threat that the Nigerian star will rot on the bench.
It is understood that Musa could be available for selection in Thursday’s crucial tie against Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-final return leg match at the VEB Arena.
Musa, 25, was involved in an altercation with his coach in the weekend’s domestic league trip to Dinamo Moscow.
Goncharenko revealed Wednesday during his pre-match press conference ahead the Arsenal visit that all issues concerning the row have been laid to rest during a showdown talk with the player on Tuesday.
“Absolutely (the row) will not affect (his possible selection for the Arsenal match)”, Goncharenko said.
“Football is, first of all, emotions. If they are removed, it will be a robot competition.
“We talked with Musa yesterday (Tuesday), there are no questions left. When choosing the starting lineup, emotions will not be affected.
“If he is ready to play tomorrow (Thursday), he will come out. I will not remove him from my team because of my ambitions.”
He also ruled out sanctions for the Nigeria winger.
“Then I should (as well) be fined, because the fight was mutual (smiling),” he said.
“I repeat: in the team this happens. Sometimes you have to say something to each other and move on.
“There are no grievances and fines, we just finished and left it there.
“Musa is preparing for the match tomorrow”.
Before now, many had feared that Ahmed Musa’s chances of going to the World Cup may be affected if the CSKA coach had carried out his threat to confine the Super Eagles star to the bench.