Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has opened up on why he cried in his first journey outside the shores of Nigeria to VVV Venlo in Eredivisie
Ahmed, 27, has revealed how he overcame the harsh weather condition in his first trip to Europe in search of greener pastures.
The Jos born player joined Eredivisie side VVV Venlo as a 17-year-old, from kano pillars in 2010.
The Al Nassr forward was snapped up at the WAFU home-based competition hosted in Nigeria.
They had to wait till he turned 18, before making the trip to Holland. The super Eagles skipper stated that he almost gave up due to the cold weather, but was encouraged to be by his “African Mentality”.
Musa went on to score 10 goals with 12 assist in the colours of the Black and Yellow Army, before moving to CSKA Moscow where he won three league titles, two Super Cups and the Russian Cup.
“They (Venlo) saw me when I was playing in the WAFU home-based tournament in Abeokuta when Nigeria hosted, and we won,” Musa said in an Instagram live chat with Simply Carol.
“I signed my professional contract here in Abuja, but I couldn’t travel because I was 17, then I had to wait until I was 18.
“When I was 18, I flew to Holland, only had two training sessions before I played my first game, it was not that easy, and the weather was crazy.
“I was crying when I was playing because of the cold. One day I said to myself I can’t make it and need to go back to Nigeria, but we Africans have one mentality that whatever you want to do, you can achieve it.
“I was saying I’m going to get deal with it, and my agent told me with time I’ll get used to the weather.”
Musa had a short spell with premier league side Leicester City, he moved to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr in August 2018 on a permanent deal.