From “Air Nigeria” to the “governor” Ahmed Musa is a shinning light of what the super eagles stands for.
A tiny-eyed young man took the Nigerian league by storm winning the top scorer award in his debut season.
At Kano Pillars, he became league top-scorer during the 2009-10 season, scoring 18 goals before moving to Europe.
The feat earned him an invitation to the super eagles on September 5, 2010 as a 17 year old.
Former super-eagles media officer, Colin Udoh in a congratulatory message on Instagram described his early days.
Feels just like yesterday when this I was team Press Officer and this shy boy came into the Super Eagles camp.
There’s a reason I still call him Ball Boy. At one point, we used to call him Air Nigeria. He was that quick.
Former Super Eagles Media Officer, Colin Udoh
Meanwhile, Ahmed Musa earlier in 2010 turned out for the national U20 team.
It didn’t take him long to warm his way into the hearts of Nigerians with his dashing speed and eye for goals.
Running tirelessly at the Guinean defenders and not taking the bait to fall by his second game.
The nickname “Air Nigeria” was born and a star for the Nigeria national team.
The Rise Of The Governor
During a crisis period, Ahmed Musa was named Eagles skipper by former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.
Oliseh overlooked the seniority in the team which would have installed vice-captain Mikel as team captain following the retirement of Vincent Enyeama from international football.
In order to bring peace to the team, Musa agreed to relinquish the role to John Mikel-Obi.
After John Obi’s retirement, Ahmed Musa took over the reigns as captain, earning him new moniker, The Governor.
Ahmed Musa: Highs and Lows
Musa’s 11-years journey with the eagles has taken him through the highs and lows on a personal and team level.
From winning the 2013 AFCON to failing to qualify for two back-to-back tournaments.
One of his pivotal moment in the national was the classical game against Argentina at the Brazil 2014 FIFA world-cup.
Featuring Messi, Musa took the game to the Argies netting a brace in what resulted in a 3-2 loss.
A memorable game that reminded Nigerians of his immense abilities.
After successful spell at CSKA Moscow, Ahmed Musa made the leap to the Premier League with Leicester City.
The move didn’t turn-out well as he struggled for form amidst injury worries.
A Humble Ahmed Musa Returns Home
After a sojourn in Europe that saw him celebrated and Rejected, Ahmed Musa hit a snag, he became club-less.
Instead of staying at home he made the humble decision to return to his boyhood club, Kano Pillars.
The former Leicester City was without a club since parting ways, by mutual consent, with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr October, 2020.
Report says he didn’t collect a dime on his return to the league, a move seen by many as worthy of emulation.
Success And Records
Ahmed Musa scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in 57 matches, helping Al Nassr to the Saudi Pro League and Super Cup titles.
Also, he achieved success with CSKA Moscow in the Russian league where he won three league titles and added three domestic cup titles.
He is also a member of Nigeria’s Nations Cup winning team in South Africa 2013 under coach Stephen Keshi.
The governor is the Nigerian with the highest number of goals at the FIFA world cup with four scored in between 2014 and 2018 world cups.
Overall, Ahmed Musa has 63 first eleven appearances, 30 substitute roles and eight bench roles for Nigeria.