18 July 2016
Nigerian striker, Ahmed Musa, who just signed for English Premier League (EPL) champions, Leicester City, says he used to be a goal tender.
Musa who recently made the switch to Leicester from Russian side CSKA Moscow for a club-record £16.6 million told online sports site, Goal.com: “I was a goalie between (ages) 10 and 12.”
He went on to explain how his decision to switch position turned out: “changing was the best decision of my life because I would never have been good enough to become a professional goalkeeper.”
Football world couldn’t agree more that the decision was the best decision of his life because considering his small stature (height: 1.7m); he would never have been considered for a goalkeeper’s role by a professional club.
Talking about the challenges he faced after making the decision to switch, he said: “It was difficult at first but then you get used to the fact you are not very big.
“A lot of people used to tell me, ‘Musa, you are too small to be a striker.’
As people around wouldn’t stop discouraging Musa, he had to stand his ground: “but I said: ‘It doesn’t matter what size you are, it’s what you can do that matters.’
As it concerns his speed which happens to be his most popular feature, Musa dwelt a bit on his wide spread comparison with his new teammate, Jamie Vardy in the speed department.
Musa said: “I think I am like Jamie Vardy. I have speed, I like to work hard, we are similar in lots of things.”
The 23 years old Nigeria’s Super Eagles captain who has been training with his new team since last week said he could not wait to play with Vardy.
“I am looking forward to finding out (who is faster). I’m looking forward to playing with Vardy. I like his style,” Musa said.