Ahmed Musa has become a pivot of the Super Eagles starting XI. Here is a look at his journey.
The former VVV Venlo forward made telling contributions for the Nigerian senior national side in the games against Libya on Saturday and Tuesday respectively, reports Footballlive.ng’s Ademetan Abayomi.
Playing as a left forward in a 4-3-3 formation, he is always available on the counter-attack and if not, he’s the man starting it. When he finds his rhythm and verve on the left flank, few defenders can bare him with his quick feet, burly upper body strength and lightening quick pace.
Another quality of Musa’s is his ability to pick out a pinpoint crosses which allow the Super Eagles to spread their play and be dangerous from the flank with fullback Jamilu Collins supporting him.
He is the personification of Nigeria’s style of play because his immense ability allows him to do so much with so little of the ball.
He makes 21 passes a game at an 80% succession rate with 1 pass being key. Musa has contributed 2 goals and two assists in the last three games for the team as Nigeria sit on top of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group E table with nine points.
Ahmed Musa is now one of the first names on Gernot Rohr’s team list and has been an integral member of the Super Eagles.
He has established himself as a player with a strong will and character that has earned back the favour of Nigeria fans.