We are still reeling from the intense 2022 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It presented so many surprises, 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 achieved his goal when he lifted the trophy for Argentina. Soccer is also one of the most important sports in the world, and even more so in Africa. One African nation that simply loves soccer is Nigeria. The national team has participated in the world cup six times, the last being in 2018, and has produced some of the best players such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa. Let’s take a look at what the future holds for Ahmed Musa.
Born on October 14, 1992 in Jos, Nigeria, Ahmed comes from a mixed religious background and has three siblings. As with most youngsters in Nigeria, becoming a soccer star is a dream come true; For Ahmed, his goal was to one day play for his home country, a dream he would come to realize.
travel with football
Soccer odds can greatly influence a game as well as a player’s. And sometimes that influence is necessary for that particular player to succeed. When we look at Ahmed Musa, his influences spread everywhere. He started his professional football career at GBS Football Academy from 2008 to 2010. He was then loaned to JUTH FC, where he played 18 matches. During this playing year, he scored just four goals.
From 2009 to 2010 he was loaned to Kano Pillars, where he made 25 appearances and scored 18 goals. That same year, he signed with VVV-Venlo for three years until 2012 and appeared 37 times and scored just eight goals. From 2012 to 2016, Ahmed moved to CSKA Moscow, where he appeared 125 times and scored 42 goals.
But this young man wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. From 2016 to 2018 he broke into English football and played for Leicester City, playing just 21 times and scoring twice. The next stage of his was from 2018 to 2020, where he played for Al Nassr. He played 50 games and scored only nine goals. Come 2021 and Ahmed returned to Kano Pillars for one year and, in that same year, he joined Fatih Karagümrük with 24 games under his belt with two goals. He currently plays for Sivasspor.
Playing for the Nigerian national team is a great honor. None of the former and current Nigerian players take this for granted. Ahmed played for the under-20 and under-23 teams. And he has been playing for the Nigerian national team since 2010 and has participated 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 match and became the first Nigerian to score twice in a world cup match.
Praise and the future
Ahmed has won many awards, which practically put his future on a pedestal. These are his main recognitions:
- Russian Premier League: 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014 and 2015 – 2016
- Russian Cup: 2012 – 2013
- Russian Super Cup: 2013 and 2014
With Al Nassr:
- Saudi Professional League: 2018 – 2019
- Arabian Super Cup: 2019
Nigerian Under 20:
- Junior African Championship: 2011
- WAFU Nations Cup: 2010
- African Cup of Nations: 2013
But Ahmed also won individual awards, including
- Nigerian Premier League Top Scorer: 2009 – 2010
- Russian top scorer: 2012 – 2013
- CAF Team of the Year: 2014
So what’s next for Ahmed? Well, he has always been driven to play in the European leagues. It could be said that this has been the greatest motivation of the soccer star. He currently plays in Turkey. He has changed clubs several times during his career, all because he is determined to find his place, be it at an English club, playing in La Liga or even in Serie A. After the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the world cup last year, their captain, Ahmed, was rightfully disappointed. This further fueled his ambition to join a European league.
In September 2022, Ahmed signed a two-year contract with Sivasspor. This move will propel the Nigerian soccer star into the leagues he wants to get into. But not only that, he has the mission to save Sivasspor from relegation in the Super Lig. Will we see him in the Premier or Champions League in the coming seasons? With his ambition, we hope so!
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