Ahmed Musa (footballer)

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Ahmed Musa
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Personal information
Date of birth (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Jos, Nigeria
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
CSKA Moscow
Number 18
Youth career
GBS Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 GBS Football Academy 0 (0)
2008–2009 JUTH (loan) 18 (4)
2009–2010 Kano Pillars (loan) 25 (18)
2010–2012 VVV-Venlo 37 (8)
2012– CSKA Moscow 91 (28)
National team
2011 Nigeria U20 6 (3)
2011 Nigeria U23 1 (1)
2010– Nigeria[1] 49 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015

Ahmed Musa (born 14 October 1992) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as forward for Russian club CSKA Moscow and the Nigeria national team. He is known for his pace, dribbling, composure, versatility and defensive effort. He has been compared to Jesus Navas and Arjen Robben for his pace and his ability to cut inside and cause havoc, he is a good creator as well as corner specialist. Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Musa began his career in the GBS Football Academy.[3]

Breakthrough in Nigeria[edit]

In 2008 he was loaned to JUTH F.C.[4] where he played 18 games, scoring four goals in his first two professional seasons for the Healers. He was subsequently loaned to Kano Pillars F.C.,[5] in the 2009–10 season where he set the league record with 18 goals as Pillars finished second.

Musa previously held the record for the highest goals ever scored in one season in the history of the Nigeria Premier League[6] until November 2011 when Jude Aneke of Kaduna United F.C. set a new goals record of 20 goals.[7]


He transferred to Dutch club VVV-Venlo in summer 2010[8] but the move was held up because he was only 17 years of age and therefore not eligible for an ITC in accordance with the current FIFA rules.[9] He was officially eligible to play for VVV-Venlo on 14 October 2010 when he eventually turned 18 years of age.

Less than a week after arriving at the club, Musa made his debut for VVV-Venlo against FC Groningen on 30 October. He started the game for VVV-Venlo, was fouled in the 50th minute and a received a penalty kick.[citation needed]

Rated by Goal.com amongst the Hot 100 young football stars in the world to watch in 2011,[10] Lolade Adewuyi for Goal.com put him on the list of Top Ten Nigerian International Players of 2010[11] and was also included in IFFHS list of the best 140 players in the world.[12]

On 8 March 2011, Ahmed Musa won the AIT footballer of the year award (national). The ceremony was held at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The event had in attendance, BBC African Footballer of the Year winner, Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan and the top officials from the Nigerian football federation including the president Aminu Maigari.[13]

In April, Venlo's football director Mario Captien said that representatives of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. had visited the club regarding the player,[14] also Ajax scout Tijani Babangida said that Ajax were interested in Musa but that the outcome would be decided at the end of the season.[15]

On 1 May 2011, Musa hit a brace to sink Feyenoord 3–2 and end any lingering fears of automatic relegation from the Eredivisie.[16][17]

In August 2011, after returning from the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, Musa made his first appearance of the 2011/2012 season at home against AFC Ajax and scored two goals.[18]

In September VVV-Venlo chairman Hai Berden disclosed on Eredivise Live that VVV-Venlo had turned down a last minute bid of 10 million euros for Musa from the Bundesliga. The name of the Bundesliga club was not disclosed. [19]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 7 January 2012, Musa signed for Russian side CSKA Moscow for an undisclosed fee. On 17 September 2014 he scored an 82nd minute consolation goal in a 5-1 UEFA Champions league away rout to AS Roma, leaving two defenders on the ground and chipping the keeper.[20]

International career[edit]

Musa with Nigeria in 2013

In April 2010 under Coach Lars Lagerbäck, he was called up to join the Nigeria national football team camp prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa[21] after helping the Nigerian team win in the 2010 WAFU Nations Cup where he scored a goal against Benin.[22] In the same tournament against Burkina Faso, Musa's goal deep into extra-time shot Nigeria into the finals of the tournament in Abeokuta.[23] He was however forced out of the Super Eagles' 30-man World Cup roster due to an ankle injury.[24]

On 5 August 2010, at the age of 17, Musa made his debut for the Nigeria senior team in a qualification match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations against Madagascar, where he came on as a substitute for John Obi Mikel in a 2–0 win.[25] Musa scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a March 2011 friendly against Kenya.

In April 2011, Ahmed Musa was included in the Nigeria national under-20 football team squad to represent the nation in the 2011 African Youth Championship qualifiers, even though VVV Venlo had declared him unavailable for the tournament due to club commitments. After some intense negotiations with the Nigerian Federation, VVV Venlo and Musa's representatives it was agreed that Musa will shuttle between the Netherlands and South Africa to participate in the tournament with the national team.[26] After the opening game against defending champions Ghana, Musa won the most valuable player award and boarded the next flight back to the Netherlands. [27]

In August 2011, Musa represented Nigeria U20 in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Colombia, where he scored three goals in five matches. Musa was included by FIFA in shortlist of 10 candidates for the Adidas Golden Ball, which was awarded to the most outstanding player of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[28]

On 7 December 2011, Ahmed Musa was one of the four nominees named for the Confederation of African Football Most Promising Talent Award, however the award went to Côte d'Ivoire's Souleymane Coulibaly. [29]

Musa was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[30] He scored in a 4–1 semi-final defeat of Mali and appeared as a substitute against Burkina Faso in the final, as the Super Eagles won their fifth continental title. Overall he appeared in five of the team's six matches.[25] At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, he started in all three of the team's matches as they were eliminated in the group stage.[25]

After appearing in all of Nigeria's qualifying matches,[25] Musa was named in Stephen Keshi's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[31] He scored two goals in the team's final Group F match, a 3–2 defeat to Argentina.[32] was named in the 28-man list to face Bolivia and South Africa in March 2015.

International goals[edit]

Scores and Results show Nigeria's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 29 March 2011 National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Kenya
2. 16 June 2012 U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria  Rwanda
2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 13 October 2012 U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria  Liberia
2013 African Cup of Nations qualification
4. 6 February 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Mali
2013 African Cup of Nations
5. 5 June 2013 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Kenya  Kenya
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 25 June 2014 Estádio Beira-Rio, Praia de Belas, Brazil  Argentina
2014 FIFA World Cup
8. 15 October 2014 National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Sudan
2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10. 28 March 2015 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  South Africa


  1. ^ Ahmed Musa at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (26 June 2014). "World Cup 2104: Musa revels in Nigerian goals record". BBC. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Goal.com presents Nigeria’s most exciting young player
  4. ^ Interview on Kano Pillars website
  5. ^ Kano Pillars Is Bigger Than Me – Ahmad Musa
  6. ^ Allnigeriasoccer AHMED MUSA breaks Premier League Goals Record 4 July 2010
  7. ^ MTN Football Aneke sets new NPL goals tally Wednesday 2 Nov
  8. ^ Musa Leaves For VVV Venlo In Fortnight
  9. ^ Musa too young to leave for Europe
  10. ^ Hot 100 Young Stars To Look Out For In 2011
  11. ^ Top Ten Nigerian Players oF 2010
  12. ^ AHMED MUSA and MIKEL OBI Make IFFHS World's Best Shortlist
  13. ^ Allafrica.co AIT Awards – Rewarding Soccer Excellence 12 March 2011
  14. ^ VVV Confirm Totenham interest in Ahmed Musa 8 April 2011
  15. ^ All Nigeria Soccer 9 April 2011
  16. ^ Sporting life: Musas treble downs feyenoord 01/05/2011
  17. ^ Sky Sports Eredivise roundup 01/05/2011
  18. ^ Musa double pegs back Ajax Soccernet 21 August 2011
  19. ^ ELFVOETBAL Bundesliga club offered ten million euros VVV'er Musa 11 September 2011
  20. ^ CSKA Moscow take on Musa of VVV 7 January 2012
  21. ^ Lagerback's List
  22. ^ Mtn football news 10 April 2010
  23. ^ kickoff.com Ahmed Musa shoots Nigeria to Wafu cup-final.php 16 April 2010
  24. ^ Lagerback rues Pillars’ Musa’s injury 12/05/10
  25. ^ a b c d "Agmed MUSA". FIFA. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Supersports 14 April 2011
  27. ^ Completesports 19 April 2011
  28. ^ adidas Golden ball shortlist announced FIFA.com Friday 19 August 2011
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "World Cup 2014: Nosa Igiebor cut from Nigeria squad". BBC. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Nigeria 2-3 Argentina". BBC. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.