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NFF Gifts N10m Cash Reward To Ahmed Musa For Reaching Historic 100 Caps

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September 08, (THEWILL) – In the aftermath of the Qatar World Cup qualifiers Matchday two victory of the Super Eagles over the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde that capped a historic event for Ahmed Musa, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick confirmed that a ₦10m cash reward for the Eagles skipper for reaching 100 caps for Nigeria.

The Fatih Kamagumruk player reached his centurion mark in the Tuesday 2-1 victory over Cape Verde, competing alongside his teammates until he was substituted for Lorient’s Terem Moffi in the 73rd minute. It confirmed the 28-year-old as only one of three Nigerians ever to reach the centurion mark.

The NFF President congratulated the squad on their win at the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena in Mindelo before revealing the windfall for Musa for reaching this major milestone. He was also quick to point out that the gesture was not going to stop with the Eagles captain.

Pinnick clarified this when he said: “The NFF will give Ahmed Musa N10 million for reaching the 100 caps. We will sustain this gesture and honour our players that have hit 100 games henceforth.”

The pacy winger made his debut for Nigeria at the age of 17 in August 2010. In that AFCON fixture against Madagascar, Musa came on as a substitute and has been a regular feature in the senior men’s national football team ever since.

Musa represented Nigeria at two AFCON tournaments and celebrated with a grateful country of football fans when he and his teammates won the 2013 edition by a lone goal victory against Burkina Faso at the South Africa-hosted competition.

The player who became N10m richer on Tuesday has also impressively worn the Green and White of Nigeria at two World Cups. In those two global appearances, Musa scored a brace each to make him Nigeria’s top scorer in the competition with four goals to his name.

He is now the third player to reach 100 caps for Nigeria, putting him in an exclusive class that features the defender Joseph Yobo, with 100 appearances, and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama on 101 caps.

Musa’s age and continued good form stands in his favour because at 28, he is on course to shoot beyond Enyeama’s highest-record caps and become Nigeria’s most capped player of all time. And, that will be a most fitting tribute for the Turkish-based captain, who helped Nigeria shine on the world stage.