Ahmed Musa (footballer)

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Ahmed Musa
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Personal information
Full name Ahmed Musa[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Jos, Nigeria
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 7
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)
2012–2016 CSKA Moscow 125 (42)
2016– Leicester City 18 (2)
National team
2011 Nigeria U20 6 (3)
2011 Nigeria U23 1 (1)
2010– Nigeria[3] 60 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 February 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2016

Ahmed Musa (born 14 October 1992) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team.

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.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Musa began his career in the GBS Football Academy.[5]

Breakthrough in Nigeria[edit]

In September, 2007, a local publication in Jos, Nigeria featured Ahmed Musa on its Undiscovered Talent column. In 2008, he was loaned to JUTH F.C.[6] 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.,[7] in the 2009–10 season where he set the league record scoring multiple crucial 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[8] until November 2011 when Jude Aneke of Kaduna United F.C. set a new goals record of 20 goals.[9]

VVV-Venlo[edit]

He transferred to Dutch club VVV-Venlo in summer 2010[10] 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.[11] 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 received a penalty kick.[citation needed]

Rated by Goal.com amongst the Hot 100 young football stars in the world to watch in 2011,[12] Lolade Adewuyi of Goal.com put him on the list of Top Ten Nigerian International Players of 2010[13] and was also included in IFFHS list of the best 140 players in the world.[14]

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.[15]

In April, Venlo's football director Mario Captien said that representatives of Tottenham Hotspur had visited the club regarding the player,[16] 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.[17]

On 1 May 2011, Musa hit a brace to sink Feyenoord 3–2 and end any lingering fears of automatic relegation from the Eredivisie.[18][19]

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.[20]

In September VVV-Venlo chairman Hai Berden disclosed on Eredivisie 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. [21]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 7 January 2012, Musa signed for Russian side CSKA Moscow for an undisclosed fee.[citation needed]

On 17 September 2014 he scored an 82nd minute consolation goal in a 5–1 UEFA Champions League away rout to A.S. Roma.[22] On 1 June 2015, Musa signed a new four-year contract with CSKA until the end of the 2018–19 season.[23] He finished the 2015–16 Russian Premier League season as the 5th highest scorer, becoming one of only seven players aged 23 or younger to reach double figures for goals in each of the past two seasons in Europe's top seven leagues.[24]

Leicester City[edit]

On 8 July 2016, Musa moved to Leicester City for a club record £16.6 million.[25] He scored his first goals with the club in a friendly against Barcelona in the 2016 International Champions Cup which ended in a 4–2 loss.[26] He made his Premier League debut on 13 August 2016 in the club's opening day 2–1 defeat to Hull City.[27] He scored his first Premier League with the opening goal in a 3–1 victory over Crystal Palace on 22 October 2016.[28]

By January 2017, Musa was yet to register an assist for the club, contributing an average of 0.5 key passes, 0.3 crosses and 1.2 successful dribbles per game.[29]

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[30] after helping the Nigerian team win in the 2010 WAFU Nations Cup where he scored a goal against Benin.[31] In the same tournament against Burkina Faso, Musa's goal deep into extra-time shot Nigeria into the finals of the tournament in Abeokuta.[32] He was however forced out of the Super Eagles' 30-man World Cup roster due to an ankle injury.[33]

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.[34] 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.[35] After the opening game against defending champions Ghana, Musa won the most valuable player award and boarded the next flight back to the Netherlands. [36]

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.[37]

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. [38]

Musa was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[39] 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.[34] At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, he started in all three of the team's matches as they were eliminated in the group stage.[34]

After appearing in all of Nigeria's qualifying matches,[34] Musa was named in Stephen Keshi's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[40] He scored two goals in the team's final Group F match, a 3–2 defeat to Argentina.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

Musa playing for Leicester City in a league match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 15 October 2016

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 February 2017[42]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VVV-Venlo 2010–11 Eredivisie 23 5 0 0 - 4 2 27 7
2011–12 14 3 1 0 - - 15 3
Total 37 8 1 0 0 0 4 2 42 10
CSKA Moscow 2011–12 Russian Premier League 11 1 0 0 2 0 - 13 1
2012–13 28 11 5 4 2 0 - 35 15
2013–14 26 7 4 1 6 1 1 0 37 9
2014–15 30 10 2 0 6 1 1 0 39 11
2015–16 29 13 1 0 10 4 0 0 40 17
Total 124 42 12 5 26 6 2 0 164 54
Leicester City 2016–17 Premier League 18 2 4 2 5 0 1 0 29 4
Total 18 2 4 2 5 0 1 0 29 4
Career total 180 54 17 7 31 6 7 2 235 68

International[edit]

Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2010 2 0
2011 10 1
2012 6 2
2013 16 2
2014 12 4
2015 10 2
2016 5 0
Total 61 11

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 November 2016[43]

International goals[edit]

Scores and Results show Nigeria's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2011 National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Kenya
1–0
3–0
Friendly
2. 16 June 2012 U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria  Rwanda
1–0
2–0
2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 13 October 2012 U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria  Liberia
2–0
6–1
2013 African Cup of Nations qualification
4. 6 February 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Mali
4–0
4–1
2013 African Cup of Nations
5. 5 June 2013 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Kenya  Kenya
1–0
1–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 25 June 2014 Estádio Beira-Rio, Praia de Belas, Brazil  Argentina
1–1
2–3
2014 FIFA World Cup
7.
2–2
8. 15 October 2014 National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Sudan
1–0
3–1
2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9.
3–1
10. 28 March 2015 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  South Africa
1–0
1–1
Friendly
11. 8 September 2015 Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria  Niger
1–0
2–0
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

CSKA

International[edit]

Nigeria U20
Nigeria

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Musa Ahmed". http://en.pfc-cska.com/. CSKA Moscow. Retrieved 14 November 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ Ahmed Musa at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (26 June 2014). "World Cup 2014: Musa revels in Nigerian goals record". BBC. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Goal.com Scouting Report: Ahmed Musa – VVV Venlo and Nigeria - Goal.com". 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Official Website of Kano Pillars Football Club – Masu Gida". 
  7. ^ Akpayen, George (17 April 2010). "Nigerian Football League: Kano Pillars Is Bigger Than Me – Ahmad Musa". 
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  9. ^ "MTN Football". 
  10. ^ Akpayen, George (29 July 2010). "Nigerian Football League: Musa Leaves For VVV Venlo In Fortnight". 
  11. ^ Musa too young to leave for Europe
  12. ^ "Goal.com Hot 100 - The Young Stars To Look Out For In 2011 - Goal.com". 31 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Goal.com's Top Ten Nigerian Players Of 2010 - Goal.com". 30 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "AHMED MUSA and MIKEL OBI Make IFFHS World's Best Shortlist:: All Nigeria Soccer – The Complete Nigerian Football Portal". 
  15. ^ Edema, Peter (14 March 2011). "Nigeria: AIT Awards – Rewarding Soccer Excellence" – via AllAfrica. 
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  22. ^ "Google Translate". 
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  26. ^ "Barcelona 4–2 Leicester: Ahmed Musa scores first goals of pre-season but Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez run riot". Daily Mail. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
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