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The Nigeria Football Federation has condoled Super Eagles’ deputy captain, Ahmed Musa on the death of his mother, Mrs Sarah Moses on Thursday afternoon.

Early reports indicated that Mrs Moses died at a hospital in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja after a brief illness.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said the generality of Nigerian Football fraternity was taken aback by the loss of the Super Eagles’ ace’s mum.

“This is a huge shock. It is always a thing of grief and pain to lose either of one’s parents, no matter how old they were before they passed on. We share in Ahmed Musa’s sorrow at this period and we pray that God will enable him to muster the courage and give him the fortitude to bear the loss. We also pray for the repose of the soul of the departed.

“Ahmed Musa has always shown a high level of dedication and patriotism in all the matches he has played for Nigeria. Everyone is in sympathy with him at this period.”


On a day that Nigerian ball fans were happy that Super Eagles’ captain, Mikel Obi had secured a return to England having agreed terms with Championship side Middlesborough, came the sad news of the passing of his deputy’s mother.

The electrifying forward, learnt, was on his way to Jos, Plateau State on Thursday night to brief family members and commence preparations for his mother’s final rites of passage.

NFF President Pinnick added: “I have spoken to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, who directed that I should ensure that the player was provided with adequate security at this period, especially his night movement to Jos. With the assistance of the Minister, I was able to get across to security operatives in Jos and they assured me of adequate security for Ahmed.”

Ahmed Musa remains Nigeria’s highest scorer at the FIFA World Cup, having scored four goals in each of the last two finals (2014 and 2018), and was also a member of the Super Eagles’ squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in 2013.

He had been the Super Eagles’ on-field captain since the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and led the team to earn qualification to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals with a match to spare.   


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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