Ahmed Musa eager to win more silverware

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Johannesburg
Ahmed Musa

Nigeria's Ahmed Musa is eager for more success after helping his club CSKA Moscow to glory last season.

The Super Eagle was CSKA's highest scorer for last season with 11 goals, which helped the Moscow side to a domestic Double.

Musa, 20, started 2013 by winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, before sealing his place as his country's most successful player in Europe last season.

"I won the Nations cup, the Russian League and Cup, it's the most successful period in my football career," Musa told BBC Sport.

"The season has already started well because I've won the Super Cup with CSKA and I could not have asked for a better start to the new season."

Musa's goals have been a big part of CSKA's brilliant start this term, after he scored the lone goal in Sunday's 1-0 home win against FC Kuban in the league.

With three goals already this campaign, and his club cruising in the league, the striker has a hunger for more.

"I hope to keep working hard and help the club to repeat last season's domestic success," he said.

"We also have ambition to go big steps forward in the Champions League this season as well.

"I want to give my best and help Nigeria qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, it's not going to be easy but I'm in the best form of my life."

The player came under huge criticism when he joined the Red Army club last year from Dutch top-flight side VVV Venlo but after a remarkable start, Musa is contented with the progress he has made so far in Russia.

"People said a lot of stuff back then, but that's life," said Musa, who has scored four goals in 30 games for Nigeria.

"You can't satisfy people or listen to negative criticisms. I'm improving every day and I'm still learning too.

"Gradually, I'm growing into the player I hope to be and picking up new things here in Russia."