Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Ahmed Musa, gifted his national teammates the sum of 5 million naira after hitting a significant milestone in his international career. On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Musa became just the third player after Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama, to hit 100 appearances for the Super Eagles in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde. The Fatih Karagumruk of Turkey forward who was on for 73 minutes in Cape Verde before he was replaced by Terem Moffi, made his debut for the national team at just the of 17 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match against Madagascar.
In a bid to reward players that hit the 100 games margin for the national team, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, disclosed that the federation would henceforth, gift them 10 million naira, a sum the former Kano Pillars and Leicester City star, gifted his teammates half of it.
“On behalf of the Nigeria Football Federation, from today when you mark your 100th cap you will get 10 million naira so Musa will get his 10 million and as we’re getting to Nigeria, we will call Air Peace to get the 20 million naira promised for winning. You have demonstrated the true Nigerian spirit and you have made us very happy.”
Musa did not fail to express gratitude to the federation, his family, teammates, and the technical crew.
“I really appreciate the gift, Mr. President and on behalf of my family, I will say thank you very much to everyone and for the coach, I really appreciate what you’ve been doing for me. You have made me who I am today and I thank you very much. And for my teammates, I don’t have anything to say and for the 10m, I’m giving out 5 million naira to the team.”
The 28-year-old has scored 15 times for the national team in 100 outings and holds the record for the Nigerian player with the highest number of World Cup goals. Musa who was part of the 2013 AFCON winning squad is just one game from equaling the highest number of international appearances for the Super Eagles which is jointly held by Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.