Nigeria international Victor Moses left for the airport to team up with his Super Eagles teammates at the team's Faro, Portugal camp minutes after arguably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt.
Chelsea defeated Southampton 5-1 in an FA Cup third round match away from home. It was a match that took on extra significance after an impressive run of four successive victories was cut short by a shock 1-0 defeat to QPR at Stamford Bridge in midweek.
Starting yet another match for Rafa Benitez' team, Moses was instrumental in Chelsea's equalizer after the London team had gone behind midway into the first half. In a match in which Benitez brought out his big guns, Moses' back heel set off Eden Hazard who picked out Juan Mata for an attempt on goal. Senegalese striker Demba Ba made sure by prodding home on the line.
Ba signed for Chelsea barely 24 hours before and had participated in only one training session with his new teammates. But he was handed astart on his debut in place of the rested Fernando Torres, who had featured in 31 of Chelsea's 33 matches this season.
Moses was not done and left his best till the stroke of half time. Again another back heel released Ashley Cole who found the Nigerian with his return pass. Moses took a touch with his right foot before lashing home with his left from inside the area to make it 2-1 and send Chelsea into the break with a lead.
A Branislav Ivanovic header, another Ba goal and a Frank Lampard penalty wrapped up the match for the Blues in a match where Moses all round display means Chelsea fans won't be happy to see him go.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles camp is expected to be at full capacity with all 32 invitees in camp today. Many of the players were being expected at the time of going to press with team captain Joseph Yobo already in Faro.