Ahmed Musa (footballer)

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Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa 18.jpg
Playing for CSKA in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAhmed Musa
Date of birth(1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 21)
Place of birthJos, Nigeria
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubCSKA Moscow
Number18
Youth career
Aminchi Football Academy
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2010Aminchi Football Academy0(0)
2008–2009JUTH (loan)18(4)
2009–2010Kano Pillars (loan)25(18)
2010–2012VVV-Venlo37(8)
2012–CSKA Moscow62(17)
National team
2011Nigeria U-206(3)
2011Nigeria U-231(1)
2010–Nigeria[1]35(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:06, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
 
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Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa 18.jpg
Playing for CSKA in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAhmed Musa
Date of birth(1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 21)
Place of birthJos, Nigeria
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubCSKA Moscow
Number18
Youth career
Aminchi Football Academy
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2010Aminchi Football Academy0(0)
2008–2009JUTH (loan)18(4)
2009–2010Kano Pillars (loan)25(18)
2010–2012VVV-Venlo37(8)
2012–CSKA Moscow62(17)
National team
2011Nigeria U-206(3)
2011Nigeria U-231(1)
2010–Nigeria[1]35(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:06, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Ahmed Musa (born 14 October 1992 in Jos) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as forward for Russian club CSKA Moscow. He is also a member of the Nigeria national football team.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Musa began his career in the Aminchi Football Academy.[2]

Breakthrough in Nigeria[edit]

In 2008 he was loaned to JUTH F.C.[3] 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.,[4] 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[5] until November 2011 when Jude Aneke of Kaduna United F.C. set a new goals record of 20 goals.[6]

VVV-Venlo[edit]

He transferred to Dutch club VVV-Venlo in summer 2010[7] 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.[8] 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,[9] Lolade Adewuyi for Goal.com put him on the list of Top Ten Nigerian International Players of 2010[10] and was also included in IFFHS list of the best 140 players in the world.[11]

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.[12]

In April, Venlo's football director Mario Captien said that representatives of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. had visited the club regarding the player[13] , 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.[14]

On 1 May 2011, Musa hit a brace to sink Feyenoord 3–2 and end any lingering fears of automatic relegation from the Eredivisie.[15][16]

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.[17]

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. [18]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 7 January 2012, Musa signed for Russian side CSKA Moscow for an undisclosed fee .[19]

Club career[edit]

As of 3 September 2013
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JUTH F.C.2008-09184----184
Kano Pillars2009-102518----2518
VVV-Venlo2010–1123500--235
2011–1214310--153
Venlo Total37810--388
CSKA Moscow2011–12111--20131
2012–13281154203515
2013–141952061276
CSKA Total5817741017521
Career total139468410115751

National team[edit]

Nigeria national team
YearAppsGoals
201010
2011101
201262
2013162
Total335

International career[edit]

Musa with Nigeria in 2013

In April 2010 under Coach Lars Lagerback, he was called up to join the Nigeria national football team camp prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa[20] after helping the Nigerian team win in the 2010 WAFU Nations Cup where he scored a goal against Benin.[21] In the same tournament against Burkina Faso, Musa's goal deep into extra-time shot Nigeria into the finals of the tournament in Abeokuta.[22] He was however forced out of the world cup 30-man roster due to an ankle injury.[23]

On 5 August, Musa represented the Nigeria national football team in a qualification match for the Africa Nations Cup against Madagascar, where he came on as a substitute for John Obi Mikel. Nigeria won the match with 2–0. Musa scored a goal for Nigeria in the March 2011 friendly against Kenya.

In April 2011 Ahmed Musa was included in the Nigerian U-20 squad to represent Nigeria in the AYC world cup 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.[24] After the opening game against defending champions Ghana, Musa won the (MVP) most valuable player award hosted by samsung and boarded the next flight back to the Netherlands. [25]

In August 2011, Musa represented the Nigeria national under-20 football team in the 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.[26]

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 Tottenham Hotspur's Souleymane Coulibaly. [27]

He was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[28]

He was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[29]

International goals[edit]

Score and result lists Nigeria's goals first
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.29 March 2011Abuja Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria Kenya1–03–0Friendly
2.16 June 2012U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria Rwanda2–02–02013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3.13 October 2012U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria Liberia2–06–12013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4.6 February 2013Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa Mali4–04–12013 Africa Cup of Nations
5.5 June 2013Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Kenya Kenya1–01–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
As of 19 June 2013.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

CSKA Moscow

International[edit]

Nigeria
Nigeria under-20

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmed Musa at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Goal.com presents Nigeria’s most exciting young player
  3. ^ Interview on Kano Pillars website
  4. ^ Kano Pillars Is Bigger Than Me – Ahmad Musa
  5. ^ Allnigeriasoccer AHMED MUSA breaks Premier League Goals Record 4th July 2010
  6. ^ MTN Football Aneke sets new NPL goals tally Wednesday Nov 02
  7. ^ Musa Leaves For VVV Venlo In Fortnight
  8. ^ Musa too young to leave for Europe
  9. ^ Hot 100 Young Stars To Look Out For In 2011
  10. ^ Top Ten Nigerian Players oF 2010
  11. ^ AHMED MUSA and MIKEL OBI Make IFFHS World's Best Shortlist
  12. ^ Allafrica.co AIT Awards – Rewarding Soccer Excellence 12th March 2011
  13. ^ VVV Confirm Totenham interest in Ahmed Musa 8th April 2011
  14. ^ All Nigeria Soccer April 9th 2011
  15. ^ Sporting life: Musas treble downs feyenoord 01/05/2011
  16. ^ Sky Sports Eredivise roundup 01/05/2011
  17. ^ Musa double pegs back Ajax Soccernet August 21, 2011
  18. ^ ELFVOETBAL Bundesliga club offered ten million euros VVV'er Musa September 11 2011
  19. ^ CSKA Moscow take on Musa of VVV 7th January 2012
  20. ^ Lagerback's List
  21. ^ Mtn football news April 10 2010
  22. ^ kickoff.com Ahmed Musa shoots Nigeria to Wafu cup-final.php 16th April 10
  23. ^ Lagerback rues Pillars’ Musa’s injury 12/05/10
  24. ^ Supersports 14th April 2011
  25. ^ Completesports April 19th 2011
  26. ^ adidas Golden ball shortlist announced FIFA.com Friday 19 August 2011
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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