Saudi Arabian Professional League club Al Nassr on Wednesday threw a party to celebrate their winger Ahmed Musa who was this week named Nigeria’s best player for the year 2018. Musa picked the award at the 2018 AITEO/NFF Football Awards ceremony which took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos on Monday.
Congratulations for our player @Ahmedmusa718 for winning 2 @aiteonffawards awards: best Nigerian player of the year and best goal for his second goal vs Iceland at the FIFA World Cup 2018. pic.twitter.com/7mnzckxwPg
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) April 2, 2019
The award capped a remarkable year for the 26-year-old who shone for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Musa scored two goals at the global soccer fiesta and also helped Nigeria secure their only win in Russia against Iceland.
The Al Nassr star beat off competition from Shanghai Shenhua’s Odion Ighalo and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi to succeed Victor Moses who won the award last year. The former Leicester City player also won the Goal of The Year award.
#ALNASSR administration had a celebration party for @Ahmedmusa718 for winning the best Nigerian player 2018 award, for @Alkaibari_A for graduating from the university with BA in Gymnastics! ???? pic.twitter.com/XhgH4lvguR
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) April 3, 2019
His Al Nassr teammate Ali Akaibari was also honoured for graduating from the University with a bachelor degree in Gymnastics.
“ALNASSR administration had a celebration party for @Ahmedmusa718 for winning the best Nigerian player 2018 award, for @Alkaibari_A for graduating from the university with BA in Gymnastics,” reads a tweet on the Al Nassr official Twitter handle.
Super Eagles vice-captain, Ahmed Musa grabbed an assist in Al Nassr’s 5-0 away win over Al-Raed to maintain their slim one-point advantage at the top of the Saudi League table.
However, after being named Nigeria’s Player of the Year at the NFF Aiteo Awards, Musa could not end his goal drought after failing to find the back of the net in his last 11 league outings.
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) April 4, 2019
The talismanic forward later provided assist for the second goal six minutes later when he setup Petros to tap into an empty net before Mohamed Atwa put through his own goal to increase the tally to 3-0 just on the half hour mark.
The win puts Al-Nassr on course for a historic league win as they remain top of the standings with 61 points, one point off defending champions Al-Hilal with four round of matches left in the league.
Musa was on for the entire match duration and had a game rating of 7.0, completed 77% of his passes, made 3 key passes and also created one big chance in the encounter. The former CSKA Moscow star has scored 17 goals in 81 appearances for Nigeria.