25 Jul 2016

Biography of Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa, is a Nigerian born professional footballer who plays as forward. He has
played for several foreign teams and also the Nigeria National Team.

He was born on October 14, 1992 in the city of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
He is happily married to Jamila Musa and they are blessed with two children, the first- a boy who was born in 2013 and the second a girl born in 2015.

Just like every other football star, Ahmed Musa’s talent as a footballer was discovered very early. He started his football career in GBS Football Academy. His breakthrough in the industry came when in September, 2007; a local publication in Jos, Nigeria featured him on its Undiscovered Talent column.

In 2008 he was loaned to JUTH F.C. 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., in the 2009–10 season where he set the league record scoring multiple goals as the team finished second.

It is interesting to note that 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.

After transferring to the Dutch club VVV-Venlo in 2010, he was officially eligible to play for the team when he turned 18years in October of that year.

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.

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

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

On 8 July 2016, Musa moved to Leicester City for a club record £16.6 million.

Ahmed Musa has won several awards and recognitions, including the  AIT footballer of the year award which he received on March 8, 2011.

Again, after the opening game against defending champions Ghana,in 2011, Musa won the most valuable player award after he shuttled between South Africa and  the Netherlands.

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.

Also, On  December  7, 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.

Ahmed Musa was rated by Goal.com in 2011 amongst the Hot 100 young football stars in the world to watch out for. He was also included on the list of Top Ten Nigerian International Players of 2010 and included in IFFHS list of the best 140 players in the world.

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