by Oluseyi Atilola (1 min read)
THE JOURNEY TO STARDOM for most Nigerian footballers isn’t an easy one. It comes with a lot of difficulties and challenges encountered.
In this series, we will highlight a number of stars who have been able to work their way up from playing in Nigeria, to the highest level of professional football.
DOB: October 14, 1992
Ahmed Musa started his professional career with JUTH FC in Jos, Nigeria before a loan move to Kano Pillars in the Nigerian Professional Football League ahead of the 2009/2010 season. He finished the season as the league’s highest goalscorer with 19 goals in 25 games
At the age of 17, Musa made his debut for the Super Eagles in an AFCON qualification match against Madagascar in 2010, he was an integral member of the home-based Super Eagles that won the WAFU Nations Cup in 2010.
Musa’s performances in the NPFL earned him a move to Europe where he subsequently featured for VVV-Venlo in Holland, CSKA Moscow in Russia, and Leicester City in the English Premier League. He currently features for Al Nassr FC in Saudi Arabia.
He is the 3rd most capped Nigerian player of all time and became the first player to score twice in a FIFA World Cup match for Nigeria, versus Iceland in 2014.
He is also the only Nigerian to score at 2 FIFA World cup tournaments.
A long road to the top for ‘The Governor’.
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