With 87 caps, 15 goals and as the only Nigerian player to ever score a point in a FIFA World Cup match, Ahmed Musa has also been blessed with a national career of almost 11 years.
Unfortunately, his decision to return to the Nigerian Professional Football League [NPFL] and a subsequent revelation by Kano Pillars was worthless and showed why local football would continue to wallow in despair.
– Kano Pillars FC Official (@pillarsfc) April 15, 2021
One veteran journalist, who has been covering the local league for almost two decades, said, “If they had their way, they wouldn’t reveal it!” “They” in that sentence referred to football administrators in Nigeria.
I remember Musu being introduced to his last club, the Saudi Arabian team – Al-Nassr, in 2020.
From theirs Twitter and Instagram announces until the actual revelation, the club has created an event of his arrival. Compare it to how Musa was discovered by the Pillars – in a dimly lit room, without pomp and the absence of fans; proof of the fact that most Nigerian football administrators do not understand and do not value the billion-dollar job that football is. Compare this to the thought that Lionel Messi is returning to Argentina to join the Newell Old Boys …
Watch this video about Carlos Tevez’s return to Boca Juniors in 2015 to appreciate the differences in what they achieved with Musa’s return.
Even in the NPFL, Enyimba’s discovery of Tosin Omoyele was largely revealed; digitally, despite the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
See how Enyimba introduced Chan Eagles, @ omoyele_tosin9 .
Enyimba leads Kano Pillars follows. pic.twitter.com/dHanEZrFWi
– MR OLAWALE QUADRY 🥇 (@walequadry) April 16, 2021
In his 11 years of professionalism, Musa has commanded nearly $ 50 million [N19 billion] in transfers playing in the Netherlands, Russia, England and Saudi Arabia.
The Premium Times spoke to some reporters about how and why Nigeria continues to err in leading the game that almost all 200 million Nigerians follow passionately.
“This is a classic case of‘ how not to reveal a player ’, especially a top player like a national team captain,” says Enitan Obadina. “Everything about the whole exercise was quite embarrassing. I hear that they (Pillars) are planning another unveiling ceremony after all the reactions have been acquired. They better do it to redeem all that is left of their pride. “
The unveiling of the players is a special event for football teams, especially for cult signatures like Musa, who has a cult following with almost a million followers on Twitter and Instagram.
Interestingly, his revealed pictures and news were not posted on his verified accounts – both on Twitter and Instagram.
Mudashiru Shittu, a journalist from Lagos, said that the empty presentation of Kano Pillars was a sad event and a confirmation of the fact that there is nothing professional in the football league in Nigeria.
I know some people will say that this is a failure of Kano Pillars, but for me, I believe it is a reflection of our league, Kano Pillars is a club from the “A” list in Nigeria, so if I can do this, what would you expect from smaller clubs . “
But Wale Quadri, the NPFL club’s media officer, believes what the Pillars did to Musa’s return should not be used to sue other clubs in the NPFL. “It’s not a reflection of the Nigerian league, we’ve all seen what like Enyimba, Abio Warriors, even Plateau United have done by revealing Sunday Adetunji.”
Quadri continued: “Canoe poles have such a bad precedence when it comes to discovering their players. I don’t think it’s too much for them to do something more correct again because of the offspring, we’re not just talking about any player here, but the Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa deserves better than this. “
Other players who returned from successful professional stays abroad without any pomp included the late Rashidi Yekini, who joined Gateway FC in 2005, and Daniel Amokachi, also in 2005.
Musa played for the Pillars in the 2009 season, scoring 18 goals while the Cannes-based team finished second behind Bayels United, but upon his return, Musa promised the Pillars would lead to the title.
“I left the Pillars more than 10 years ago without winning the league then, but now, by God’s grace, I will make a special record leading the club to the title of professional football league in Nigeria.”
Looking back, Musa’s return could have been better for better designing and raising the image of the NPFL.
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