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Super Eagles’ skipper, Ahmed Musa set for FIFA Century Club

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Diminutive, but speedy winger and striker, Ahmed Musa looks set to be the next Nigerian footballer to be ‘inducted’ into the famous FIFA Century Club.

He is at the verge of clocking 100 international appearances since his debut on 5 September 2010 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Madagascar in Calabar.

If fielded against Liberia in Lagos this Friday 3 September, it will be his 99th appearance for the Super Eagles.

If again fielded, his 100th will then be in the match against Cape Verde on Tuesday 7 September, almost 11 years after his first international cap.

Incidentally, the two other Super Eagles to attain 100 international caps were also skippers – Joseph Yobo in 2014 and Vincent Enyeama in 2015.

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To his credit, Musa, popularly called ‘the Governor’ by his colleagues in the national team, is the Nigerian player with the highest number of goals at the World Cup, courtesy of his two braces against Argentina and Iceland in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

By the virtue of his braces Musa became the first Nigerian player to have scored in, at least, two editions of World Cup. And the first to score multiple goals in more than one game.

His feat against Iceland means that he is the first African player to ever score multiple goals in more than one game in consecutive World Cups. Neither Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan (6 goals) nor Cameroon’s legend Roger Milla (5 goals) can boast of that record.

Ahmed Musa’s fourth minute goal against Argentina in 2014 was the fastest of the 23 goals Nigeria had scored in 21 World Cup matches from 1994 to 2018.

He has the rare honour of scoring  two braces on two occasions he played against Lionel Messi – double strikes against Argentina in Brazil 2014 and the brace for Leicester against Barcelona on August 4, 2016.

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Ahmed Musa became the first Leicester City player to score at a FIFA World Cup finals, netting twice in Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over Iceland in Volgograd.

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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