Friday Apr 16, 2021. 12:00
Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa hopes his decision to return to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will help boost the image of the West African country’s football globally.
The 28-year-old winger surprisingly rejoined his former Nigerian club Kano Pillars on Tuesday after failing to secure a move to English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
However, Musa’s contract with the NPFL side includes a clause that allows him to leave when he finds a club in Europe where he spent many years turning out for clubs in Russia, Netherlands and England.
The speedy player has been clubless since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October 2020 and in January 2021, his proposed move to West Brom failed to materialize.
“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,” Musa told BBC Sport Africa.
“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.”
Musa’s decision to return to his home country has been backed by former Nigerian senator and human activist Shehu Sani.
Sani, who is the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria (CRCN), believes Musa’s transfer to Pillars will improve the NPFL.
“Ahmed Musa’s return to Kano Pillars is one of the best strategies to improve and attract interest in our local football teams and national league,” Sani tweeted.
“After global come local. It’s better than hanging and idling in Europe. There will always be a place for you at home.”