I started my football career as a goalkeeper – Ahmed Musa

first_img Loading… In 2012, Musa left the Netherlands for Russia, joining CSKA Moscow and enjoyed great success, scoring 42 league goals in 125 appearances and helped his side win three Russian Premier League titles, Cup and Super Cup trophies. His form generated interest from a number of European clubs before settling for Leicester in 2016, who were recently crowned Premier League champions. The winger revealed he joined the Foxes because of the assurance given to him that their star-forward Riyad Mahrez was on his way out of the club. The Algeria international did not, however, leave the King Power Stadium until the summer of 2018 when he moved to Manchester City. Musa’s game time at the club was limited, and he featured in only 21 league matches during his two-year stay as he was behind Mahrez in the pecking order. “Before they signed me at Leicester City, they told me Riyad Mahrez was leaving. If I knew that Mahrez is going to stay, I will not join Leicester, I would have stayed at CSKA Moscow,” he added. “When I came, we had a lot of wingers at Leicester City, yet, I still got the chance to play. “Claudio Ranieri always played me behind Jamie Vardy sometimes I play from the right or left-wing. But after they sacked Craig Shakespeare I don’t know what happened anymore.” In 2018, he moved permanently to join Al-Nassr, signing a deal that will keep him at the Saudi Arabian club until 2022. The forward has revealed his intention to see out his contract, thus, shutting down the speculation about his imminent departure from the side. “Those are rumours linking me away from the club. I love playing for my team [Al Nassr] and I will love to finish my contract with the club,” he concluded. read also:Mahrez benched me at Leicester–Ahmed Musa Musa has 91 caps for the Super Eagles and has featured in two World Cups in 2014 and 2018, where he shone as Nigeria’s standout player in the competition. He was also part of the Nigerian team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa under the guidance of Stephen Keshi. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Leicester City forward and Nigeria captain, Ahmed Musa has opened up on his journey to stardom and the difficulties he faced. Al-Nassr’s Ahmed Musa The forward revealed he started his career as a goalkeeper while in primary school and was so good in the position he was made the school’s games prefect. Musa later switched to an outfield player and joined GBS Football Academy and his pace and dazzling skills distinguished him in the youth team. It did not take too long before he was noticed by Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs and subsequently teamed up with JUTH on loan. His breakthrough came when he joined Kano Pillars on another loan move and went on to score 18 league goals in the 2009-2010 season, becoming the first player to achieve the feat in the NPFL. “When I was in a primary school in Jos, I was a goalkeeper. I started as a goalkeeper, I don’t even know what brought me to start playing as an outfield player,” Musa said on Instagram Live. “Yes, I enjoyed the role. In primary school, I was the games prefect and I was one of the best goalkeepers in primary school”. After his eye-catching performances in the Nigerian league, he signed for VVV-Venlo in 2010 but the move was delayed because he was still 17 years of age. In October, he joined the Dutch side when he turned 18 years and explained he wanted to return to Nigeria due to the weather conditions in the Netherlands. “They saw me when I was playing in the Wafu home-based tournament in Abeokuta when Nigeria hosted and we won,” he continued. “I signed my professional contract here in Abuja but I couldn’t travel because I was 17 then I had to wait until I was 18. “When I was 18, I flew to Holland, only had two training sessions before I played my first game, it was not that easy and the weather was crazy. “I was crying when I was playing because of the cold. One day I said to myself I can’t make it and need to go back to Nigeria but we Africans have one mentality – that whatever you want to do you can achieve it. “I was saying I’m going to get to deal with it and my agent told me with time I’ll get used to the weather.”last_img read more

Badgers begin conference slate with Penn State

first_imgWith seven nonconference games under its belt, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team travels to University Park, Penn. to play Penn State this Sunday for the start of its Big Ten season and its quest for respect.The Badgers brought an undefeated 4-0-1 record to Chicago last weekend for the IUC Soccer Classic, but after defeating IPFW 5-1 on Friday night, they suffered their first loss of the season against Gonzaga in a 2-0 game Sunday.“We didn’t take the loss too hard because Gonzaga is a good team, so losing to them wasn’t too detrimental,” senior co-captain Paul Yonga said. “It definitely gave us a reality check that there are bigger, better and stronger teams out there than what we’ve been playing against. Playing against an out-of-conference team like Gonzaga definitely helped us to prepare for Penn State.”The rest of the team is also pointing to the Gonzaga match as a good thing because they learned more about themselves from that loss than they would have in a victory over a weaker team.“I thought we outplayed Gonzaga for a better part of the game,” senior co-captain Blake Succa said. “We need to work on a few final pieces, like a final pass in the open field, to get guys scoring chances. I feel like in the last 15 to 20 minutes of the Gonzaga game, we let up a little bit, so we can learn from that and take it to Penn State and aim to get a different result.”Only seven teams are in the Big Ten for men’s soccer (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) so the season is short — each team plays its conference foes once — placing an added level of importance on each matchup.Added importance makes for a more competitive and altogether different style of play than nonconference games.“Big Ten games definitely get more physical and the intensity definitely gets ramped up,” Yonga said. “With only six [games], every game is more important because everyone is looking to win the Big Ten championship. That makes it a little more intense.”As Succa put it, that type of pressure in conference games could get the best of teams, just as it did of the Badgers in 2012 when the team finished sixth with a 1-3-2 conference record.This season, with 13 seniors on the roster, the Badgers feel as if they are in a position to do something truly special because of the experience and chemistry they have built over the past three seasons.“The biggest thing is that we have been through this before and we’ve been through this together,” Succa said. “We have all been on the team long enough to know each other’s traits and to trust one another — whether it be the starters or the guys coming in off the bench.”Having an experienced squad full of upperclassmen could pay huge dividends for the Badgers during the heart of the Big Ten season. Everything seems routine when players have been through a Big Ten season before. As Badgers’ head coach John Trask said, “You count on those guys because they know what it’s like.”Penn State is an intriguing matchup for the Badgers. The defending Big Ten regular season champion Nittany Lions come into Big Ten play with a 5-2-1 record, but, aside from their 2-1 victory Wednesday night over West Virginia, they have yet to score more than one goal in any contest this season.“That’s Big Ten soccer,” Trask said of Penn State’s offensive record. “People believe in defense in this part of the country and not just in soccer. You can make the analogy with Big Ten basketball and football … That’s just the type of hardworking, what I called ‘region two’ Midwestern kids that we have — they’re tough and don’t allow you to just walk on by and score a goal.”Freshman striker Mark Wadid appears to be the only source the Nittany Lions get their offense from so far this season. Through the first seven games, Wadid was responsible for three of the team’s six goals and due to the lack of scoring going on in central Pennsylvania, and all three of them were game winners. This week, Wadid was named Big Ten Co-offensive Player of the Week along with Northwestern’s Chris Ritter.The offensive struggles come as a bit of a surprise as Penn State was second in the Big Ten last year, scoring 1.41 goals per game (Indiana, 1.71).It’s as if the script has been flipped from last season as the Badgers, last in the Big Ten in 2012 in goals per game with 1.11, find themselves sitting atop the conference in that category with 2.29 goals per game. Penn State is sixth with just 1.00 goals per game.Prior to the season, the Big Ten coaches projected that Penn State would finish fifth and Wisconsin sixth in the conference, so both teams will remain motivated from the start to prove the outside voices wrong.“I know I feel it personally because we feel like our team has not been given the proper consideration,” Trask said. “In our minds, when we had [Tomislav] Zadro and our full compliment of players we finished tied for second in the conference (2011).”From a players’ perspective, the disrespect from the preseason coaches’ poll is nothing new.“Pretty much every year that I’ve been here, we have been projected by the coaches to finish either sixth or seventh,” Succa said. “It definitely has gotten us a little upset, but I kind of like it.”last_img read more