Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has been awarded the sum of ₦10m for reaching 100 caps for Nigeria.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick made the pronouncement in the aftermath of Nigeria’s 2-1 win over Cape Verde on Tuesday at the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena in Mindelo.
Musa, 28, reached a century of caps for the Super Eagles in the victory which maintained their one hundred per cent record in Group C of the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Musa becomes just the third player to reach a hundred caps for the three-time African champions after former national team captains Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.
Addressing the team following the win, a clearly elated Pinnick declared Musa would receive ₦10m for reaching the milestone, and decreed it would be the new norm for players who achieve a century of caps for the men’s national team.
“The NFF will give Ahmed Musa N10 million for reaching the 100 caps. We will sustain this gesture and honour our players that hit 100 games henceforth,” Pinnick said.
Musa made his debut for the Super Eagles in August 2010 as a seventeen-year-old, when he appeared as a substitute in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar.
He has since featured in two AFCONs, winning the 2013 edition. Musa has also played in two World Cups in 2014 and 2018 scoring twice in each Mundial to become Nigeria’s leading scorer in FIFA’s showpiece with four goals.
Still only 28-years-old and an integral member of the Super Eagles, Musa is well-placed to become Nigeria’s most capped player of all time.