The Super Eagles forward returned to his club 24 hours before the Lactics' home defeat to SwanseaWigan coach Roberto Martínez has said that he left his Nigerian forward Victor Moses on the bench in their 0-2 loss to Swansea because of the player's long trip to and from Kigali, Rwanda for a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game.
Moses had gone to earn his first international cap in Nigeria’s 0-0 draw against Rwanda - a match in which he earned rave reviews.
Moses alongside Colombian Hugo Rodallega and Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame, had gone away to represent their various countries. Their exclusion proved fatal for the English Premier League’s basement side.
"There are reasons why we had Victor Moses on the bench. “He made his debut for Nigeria and had to travel to and from Rwanda and deal with all the emotions that come with the first time you represent your country. Lengthy journeys do take it out of you. If you have players arriving on Friday evening it is nearly impossible to prepare for a game,” Martinez was quoted by the Guardian.
"You tell me if that is a normal thing to do in one of the best leagues in world football: to have players arriving less than 24 hours before kick-off. That is not the right preparation. We probably got affected more than other dressing rooms in the league. That is not an excuse. But that is the situation. We didn't create it.
"At this level you need to be perfect in what you do. I don't think we could cope. It was the worst fixture for us after an international. Swansea keep the ball really well. You have to be fully fit."