Ahmed Musa, born on October 14, 1992, is a Nigerian professional football player who has made significant contributions to both his national team and various clubs around the world. Known for his speed, agility, and goal-scoring abilities, Musa has left an indelible mark on Nigerian football.
Musa's journey in international football began in April 2010 when he was called up to join the Nigeria national team camp for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Prior to that, he had played a crucial role in helping the Nigerian team win the 2010 WAFU Nations Cup, where he scored a goal against Benin. His exceptional performance in the tournament, including a goal deep into extra-time against Burkina Faso, showcased his talent and helped Nigeria reach the tournament's finals in Abeokuta. However, an ankle injury forced him out of the Super Eagles' 30-man World Cup roster.
On August 5, 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. He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Kenya in March 2011. Musa's skills and potential were further recognized when he was included in the Nigerian national under-20 football team squad for the 2011 African Youth Championship qualifiers, despite VVV Venlo declaring him unavailable due to club commitments. After negotiations, Musa was allowed to shuttle between the Netherlands and South Africa to participate in the tournament, where he won the Most Valuable Player award.
In August 2011, Musa represented Nigeria in the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Colombia, where he scored three goals in five matches. He was shortlisted by FIFA as one of the candidates for the Adidas Golden Ball, awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament. Musa's performances continued to garner attention, and in December 2011, he was nominated for the Confederation of African Football Most Promising Talent Award.
Musa's involvement with the Nigeria national team extended to major tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. He was part of the Super Eagles' squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, where he scored in the semi-final against Mali and appeared as a substitute in the final as Nigeria emerged as champions. Musa also participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he scored two goals in the final group stage match against Argentina.
In October 2015, Musa was appointed captain of the Nigerian team following the retirement of Vincent Enyeama. However, this decision was reversed in 2016, with Musa becoming the vice-captain under Mikel John Obi. Musa's international career continued to flourish, and he represented Nigeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he scored twice in a victory over Iceland. He also participated in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2021 edition of the tournament.
Outside of football, Musa has had personal ups and downs. In April 2017, he faced a dispute with his estranged wife, Jamila, which resulted in police intervention and eventual divorce due to "irreconcilable differences." Musa remarried Juliet Ejue in May 2017. In October 2017, he ventured into business by purchasing a second petrol station in Nigeria. Tragically, on January 24, 2019, Musa's mother, Sarah Musa, passed away after battling illness.
Ahmed Musa's football career has made him an icon in Nigerian football. His exceptional skills, achievements, and commitment to the game have made him a role model for aspiring footballers in Nigeria and beyond. His contributions to the Nigerian national team and his performances for various clubs have solidified his place in Nigerian football history. Musa's journey serves as an inspiration for young players, demonstrating that with talent, hard work, and dedication, one can rise to the top of the football world.
Date of Birth: 14th October, 1992
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Place of birth: Jos, Plateau