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Who Is Ahmed Musa? And Why Is He Nigeria’s Soccer Star?

Who Is Ahmed Musa? And Why Is He Nigeria’s Soccer Star?

We are still recovering from the intense 2022 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It featured so many upsets, particularly ones we never saw coming. It also gave us a glimpse into the lives of the next generation of soccer superstars. But best of all, Lionel Messi finally reached his goal when he lifted the trophy for Argentina. Soccer is also one of the world’s biggest sports, and even more so in Africa. One African nation that simply worships soccer is Nigeria. The national team has participated in the world cup six times, with 2018 being the last, and has produced some top players such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen, and Ahmed Musa. Let’s take a look at what the future holds for Ahmed Musa.

Background

Born on 14 October 1992 in Jos, Nigeria, Ahmed comes from a mixed religious background and has three siblings. As with most young people in Nigeria, becoming a soccer star is a dream come true; for Ahmed, it was his goal to one day play for his home nation, a dream he would come to realize.

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Journey with soccer

Soccer odds can greatly influence a game, as well as that of a player. And sometimes that influence is needed for that particular player to succeed. When we look at Ahmed Musa, his influences are spread far and wide. He started his professional soccer journey at GBS Football Academy from 2008 until 2010. He was then loaned to JUTH FC, where he played 18 games. During this one year of playing, he scored only four goals.

From 2009 to 2010, he was then loaned to Kano Pillars, where he played 25 games and scored 18 goals. That same year, he was signed to VVV-Venlo for three years until 2012 and appeared 37 times while scoring only eight goals. From 2012 to 2016, Ahmed moved to CSKA Moscow, where he appeared 125 times and scored 42 goals.

But this youngster was not going anywhere anytime soon. From 2016 to 2018, he broke into English soccer and played for Leicester City, appearing only 21 times and scoring two goals. His next stint was from 2018 to 2020, where he played for Al Nassr. He played 50 games and scored only nine goals. Come 2021 and Ahmed went back to Kano Pillars for a year and, in that same year, joined Fatih Karagümrük with 24 games under his belt with two goals. Currently, he plays for Sivasspor.

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International career

Playing for Nigeria’s national side is a major honor. None of Nigeria’s former and current players take it for granted. Ahmed played for both the under-20 and under-23 teams. And has been playing for Nigeria’s national side since 2010 and has featured in 107 games, scoring 16 goals. His most memorable appearance was at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he scored twice against Argentina in one game and became the first Nigerian to score two goals in one world cup game.

Accolades and the future

Ahmed has won many awards, which pretty much put his future on a pedestal. Here are his top accolades:

With CSKA:

  • Russian Premier League: 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014, and 2015 – 2016
  • Russia Cup: 2012 – 2013
  • Russian Super Cup: 2013 and 2014

With Al Nassr:

  • Saudi Professional League: 2018 – 2019
  • Saudi Super Cup: 2019

Nigeria Under 20:

  • African Youth Championship: 2011

Nigeria:

  • WAFU Nations Cup: 2010
  • African Cup of Nations: 2013

But Ahmed also won individual awards, including

  • Nigeria Premier League top scorer: 2009 – 2010
  • Russian Top scorer: 2012 – 2013
  • CAF Team of the Year: 2014

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So, what’s next for Ahmed? Well, he has always been driven to play in European leagues. This has arguably been the soccer star’s biggest motivation. Currently, he plays in Turkey. He has changed clubs multiple times during his career, all because he is dead set on finding his spot, whether at an English club, playing in La Liga, or even Serie A. After the Super Eagles did not qualify for last year’s world cup, their captain, Ahmed, was rightfully disappointed. This further drove his ambition to join a European league.

In September 2022, Ahmed signed a two-year deal with Sivasspor. This move will propel the Nigerian soccer star to the leagues he wants to break into. But not only that, he is on a mission to save Sivasspor from relegation in the Super Lig. Will we see him in the Premier or Champions League in the next few seasons? With his ambition, we sure hope so!

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COMMENTS

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  • Haaaa!!! This report will vex @ Ugo gidigan!!!.

     
  • Please tell us who Yira sor is .,…..he is fast,young, technical,with excellent finishing…..scored a wonderful goal on his debut for Genk who he signed for this winter window…… No single sports media in Nigeria is talking about him.,…instead they are telling us about Musa…… what do you want to tell us about Musa that we don’t know yet after so many years around the national team circles of Nigeria?….. When other countries that pay more attention to their rising stars are celebrating success,then we too will start comparing ourselves to them….. You can not eat your cake and have it.

     
  • pompei 3 weeks ago

    Ahmed the great. Scorer of 4 world cup goals. Philantropist. Gentleman. Legend.
    He can choose to bow out himself. But if he decides to continue, it’s up to the younger guys to step up and show that we don’t need him anymore. As long as bribery and favoritism is not an issue, the coaches will select the best, whoever they may be.

     
  • MONKEY POST 3 weeks ago

    WE will SEE HIM also in the NATIONAL TEAM for the NEXT FEW YEARS too as long as the YOUNGER ONES can not STEP UP their GAME so as to RETIRE HIM for GOOD….

     
  • NIgeria Has still not learned from their mumu ways, Loool! it seems CSN has giving one of the Musa Fan boys on this thread otherwise I do not see the need for such a pointless article. Except for Trying to make a finished player still relevant because he is from the North this Fool should stay clear from Super Eagles he is the weakest player in the Whole of Africa his Criminal stay as Captain of the SE is the main reason we were not in World Cup. this article shows that Nigeria is not serious about anything i mean upon all the excellent Wingers and foward players we have we are still talking of this fraud even after the dissapointment of missing out on world cup. This must be a Big Joke and is very damaging. I mean we look at Ademola lookman, Isaac Success, Samuel Chukwueze, even Emma Dennis. already you can see there is no need to be mentioning this fraud’s name Chidera Ejuke is playing regularly in Germany I mean we should be moving forward it is 2023 for god’s sake. The definition of Insanity is Repeating the same mistakes and expecting or hoping for a different result. from this Article it has become very clear that Nigerian’s and Media pundits from Nigeria are clearly INSANE!.. This is a BIG JOKE!

     
    • In Musa so called and criminal claim by which ever retarded Journalist that posted this article. in the same Turkish League for a relegation threatened club in which he can not even break into the Starting line up he has played a Measly 8 games and registered not a single Goal or assist Nigerians had better stop Criminally punting this frauds name up and down. he is surplus to Requirements even for Seychelles national team

       
  • MONKEY POST 3 weeks ago

    LMFAO!

    A DISCIPLINED, COMMITTED and EXPERIENCED MUSA on CRUTCHES, is BETTER than 5 of that EMMANUEL DENNIS…

    LMFAO….

    The MUGU MENTIONED that WE should MOVE FORWARD…

    I was ENJOYING the NAMES HE was CALLING A BIT until the FOOL ADDED DENNIS….

    SMH…

     
    • @MONKEY POST Look at this Clown on another Thread after Victor Osimhen scored Against Sampdoria, Who belittled that achievement because he failed to bang in a goal against Inter milan. yet hear you are saying that Musa a finished player should be in SE for years to come. Whoever actually takes you seriously on this forum should be ashamed of themselves, you are the biggest crook in the history of CSN forum you have the audacity to call me a Mugu after all the thrash you suggest on this Forum. i am convinced you are a Ghanain in disguise. it is a waste of time trying to knock sense into you block head, what a shame you are!