Ahmed Musa has revealed his reasons for coming back to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
On Wednesday morning, Kano Pillars announced the signing of the striker on a short-term deal until the end of the season. Before re-joining his boyhood club, Musa had been lingering without a team since last year October. He returns to the club he left nine years ago and he has since given an explanation for his decision which surprised everyone in his native country.
In the nine years he spent abroad, the 28-year-old played for Russia Premier League giants CSKA Moscow where he won three league titles before joining English Premier League side Leicester City where he struggled to adapt and subsequently left.
He later moved to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr where he featured for 50 games and scored nine goals before leaving last year October. In his time with Al Nassr, Musa won the Saudi Professional League title and the Saudi Super Cup.
Speaking to BBC Sport Africa, Musa said his decision was influenced by his desire to improve the image of Nigerian football.
“Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart.
“It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football, but a very strong bond.”
Despite being without a club for months, national team coach Gernot has stuck with his captain and called him up for the recent Afcon 2021 qualifiers where the Super Eagles booked their spot in the continental showpiece scheduled to take place in Cameroon next year.
The captain will be eager to get a lot of game time under his belt before Rohr makes a decision about his final squad to the Afcon.
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