Nigeria’s star striker Ahmed Musa has received a hero’s reception from fans upon his arrival in Saudi Arabia where he will line out for local club Al-Nassr FC.
Thousands of fans flocked to the King Khalid International Airport in the capital Riyadh to welcome their new football idol when he arrived on Friday.
The former CSKA Moscow forward was impressed by the “amazing reception” from the fans who greeted him with deafening chants of “Musa, Musa!”
What an amazing reception here in Saudi Arabia. I want to thank each and every person who came out and welcomed me at the airport,” Musa wrote on Twitter, while also posting a video of his special arrival.
“I am really humbled. I can feel the excitement and energy already, I am looking forward to this historic opportunity!” he added.
The Super Eagles star signed a four-year-deal with the Saudi Arabian team following his underwhelming two-year stay in Leicester City.
Musa played for his national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scoring twice in the group-stage match against Iceland where he helped Nigeria to secure a 2-0 win.
Musa managed just 21 Premier League appearances – of which seven were starts – after moving to Leicester from CSKA Moscow in 2016.
He scored twice after struggling to force his way into either Claudio Ranieri or Craig Shakespeare’s plans.
He didn’t feature for the Foxes last term after being deemed surplus to requirements by Claude Puel, and was sent back on loan to CSKA.
His fortunes improved back in Russia, and he netted six times in 10 Russian Premier League outings in order to secure a spot in Nigeria’s World Cup squad.
Memorably, the fleet-footed forward netted twice after the Super Eagles downed Iceland 2-0 in their second group game.
Before joining CSKA in 2012, Musa was the NPFL’s then-highest scorer after netting 18 times with Kano Pillars in the 2009-19 season when just 17.
He subsequently secured a move to VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands.