Ahmed Musa, the captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, recently acknowledged the pivotal role played by former President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in securing his spot in Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
In a candid revelation, Musa disclosed that Pinnick intervened by contacting Gernot Rohr, the Super Eagles coach at the time, to ensure Musa’s inclusion in the World Cup squad despite his limited playtime at Leicester City.
Speaking at an event in Lagos, Musa emphasized Pinnick’s influence, crediting him for his involvement in ensuring Musa’s selection for the prestigious tournament. He highlighted the impact of this support, attributing his commendable performance at the 2018 World Cup to Pinnick’s belief in his abilities.
Reflecting on his journey, Musa expressed gratitude, acknowledging Pinnick’s early recognition of his talent during his stint at JUTH FC. He recalled Pinnick’s interest in signing him for Warri Wolves, recognizing Pinnick’s discerning eye for talent during his formative years in Nigerian football.
Furthermore, Musa extended his appreciation to Aisha Falode for her consistent support, noting her contributions beyond women’s football. He emphasized her role in providing essential moral support to the team, highlighting her unwavering encouragement.
Musa’s acknowledgment of Pinnick’s instrumental role in his career progression and Falode’s support serves as a testament to the impactful figures within Nigerian football, fostering talent and nurturing the spirit of the game beyond the field.