The retired Super Eagles forward explains why he thinks the current skipper is one of the biggest strikers to turn up for the national team
Former Nigerian international Victor Ikpeba has revealed the reason he considers current skipper Ahmed Musa to be one of the biggest strikers to have played for the national team.
The 48-year-old Ikpeba, who played 31 times for the Super Eagles before retiring, praised the 28-year-old and said the next generation of Nigerian forwards should look at his achievements.
His statement comes in just six days after Musa sealed a free transfer to Turkish Super Light club Fatih Karagumruk on a two-year contract, a move that would allow the forward to return to Europe.
Prior to the transfer, Musa, who also played for CSKA Moscow in Russia, played for Kano Pillars in the Nigerian Professional Soccer League.
Ikpeba, who is well remembered for pushing for Nigeria during the 1998 World Cup in France, also welcomed the latest move to Turkey, saying it matches his status as the Super Eagles captain.
“It’s good that Musa has finally secured a new club in Europe that matches his status as Super Eagles captain,” Ikpeba said. completesports.com.
“I think the move to Turkey comes at a very good time for him before next season and with the World Cup qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations final.
‘Ahmed [Musa] grew up in the Eagles and I have counted him among the biggest Nigerian goal scorers so far because he scored four goals for Nigeria in two World Cup outings.
‘The targets were also quality strikes, you know. They were technically solid goals scored against top teams and during the biggest football event in the world.
“This is not a special achievement because it is a record that other Nigerian strikers will try to break in the future.”
In a recent interview, the former Leicester City forward revealed why he turned down offers from elsewhere to sign for a permanent contract for Karagumruk.
“I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it is clearly an ambitious club,” said Musa. said.
“I feel sought after and that’s what made the difference. I want to reciprocate the faith. I can not wait to connect with my teammates and help the club achieve their ambitions.”