Super Eagles and Wigan winger Victor Moses has said that fatigue following long travelling contributed to the below-par performance of foreign-based Eagles in their draw with Rwanda, in last week’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
While attempting to defend Roberto Martinez’s decision to rest him during the weekend’s Premier League fixture, Moses, who made his Eagles debut in Kigali, said that he was tired out after making a trip from London to Abuja before flying to Rwanda for the game, played last Wednesday.
The 21-year-old was left on the bench until the second half of the Latics 2-0 home defeat against Swansea having returned from making his Nigeria debut in Rwanda. Chairman Dave Whelan publicly questioned Martinez’s selection, which also saw Mohamed Diame and Hugo Rodallega start on the bench. But Moses believes the Spaniard had made the right decision, saying: “Obviously it’s never nice when you’re not playing, but it’s the manager’s decision and I was feeling tired after being away with Nigeria.
“I’d done a lot of travelling in a short space of time and it’s not an ideal way to prepare for a football match. The fans probably don’t realise that travelling so far for a game in midweek really does take it out of you, out of your legs especially.
“A couple of the other Ngerian lads were the same, only getting back on Friday evening, and when you’re going out there with tired legs, that’s when you’re risking getting injuries – which obviously the gaffer is trying to prevent.
“If you’re away from the club between Monday and Friday it’s also hard to be fully focused on the game with the preparation, so I understood the decision”, he added.