ALEXANDRIA – Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has opened up on what he describes as “the saddest moment” of his life: losing his mother, Sarah Moses early this year and how it affected and knocked him off balance at Saudi side Al Nassr FC.
Many footballers can seem a tad detached from reality, their luxurious lifestyles and self-centric bubbles serving to create an alternate reality in which many fans think them inured from life’s tragedies.
But in a revealing interview with busybuddiesng.com, the player who is currently at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt with the national team says he struggled for a long period to come to grips with the death of his sole surviving parent in January.
Having lost his father when he was just seven years old, the 26-year old Musa said he had looked forward to his mother who single-handedly helped nurture his dream of playing professional football to reality, living much longer to enjoy from the fruits of her long labour.
But Mrs. Moses succumbed to death at a private hospital in Abuja on the 24th of January barely 24 hours after the player had shared a heart-felt message on micro-blogging site Twitter wishing her a swift recovery.
Five months down the line, the player who has scored 15 times in 83 appearances for the Super Eagles says he found it difficult to keep his focus at his club side after her death but that even though he still misses his mother, he is resigned to the fact of her demise because “there is nothing I can do”.
“I think that is one of my saddest moments that I have ever faced because I lost my dad when I was nothing, but I know anywhere he is, he is proud of me now,” Musa told busybuddiesng.com.
“But for my mum, she played a very big role in my career. That’s why, I think if you notice, in my club it affected me a lot for more than three months. I couldn’t even understand what I was playing, my club knew that I had lost something that is more important to me. But that is life, I have to go on.
“I know I really miss her but there is nothing I can do.”