This Day (Lagos)

12 November 2012

Nigeria: Musa Wants Eagles Striker's Role

Super Eagles' Ahmed Musa is itching to spear-head Nigeria's attack at next year's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa following his new striking role in his Russian club.

The former Kano Pillars player has been moved from a winger to a centre forward position by his CSKA Moscow coach and the results have been remarkable as he has now scored seven goals in the Russian league as well as a goal in the cup competition.

The first of his brace against Kuban Krasnoder on Saturday was a typical striker's goal as he used his blistering pace to reach a long through ball before slotting past a helpless goalkeeper.

"I am enjoying my new role as top striker for CSKA. It has given me a chance to score more goals. I will lead Eagles attack well if I'm asked to do so too," Ahmed Musa told MTNFootball.com Sunday.

He said his goals in Russia could also be attributed to the fact that he has fully settled down at the army team after his big-money switch from modest Dutch club VVV Venlo.

"I am also scoring goals because I have adjusted to the league in Russia and now know what is expected of me," he disclosed.

Last month against Liberia in Calabar, Musa was played mainly as a left winger and scored a goal.

He scored a total of two goals in the qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, a goal behind the team's top scorer Ikechukwu Uche.

Three seasons ago, Musa showed he knows his way to goal when he scored a record-breaking 18 goals for Kano Pillars playing mostly as a right winger.

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