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Musa leads the list of 7 Super Eagles stars who made NPFL return

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa returned to his boyhood club Kano Pillars till the end of the season, and ABZ looks at 10 players, who had featured for the Nigeria national team but returned to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Etim Esin | The ‘African Diego Maradona’ featured for three different Belgian sides, AA Gent, Lokeren, and Lierse SK before moving to Turkey where he featured for Kayserispor. He then returned to Nigeria in 1996 to play for Julius Berger, where he won the FA Cup with them. He then joined Port Harcourt-based Eagles Cement in 1997 where he featured in their league and CAF Champions League campaigns. From there, he moved to Oyo State to play for Shooting Stars of Ibadan in 1998.

Rashidi Yekini | The legendary Yekini, who is the highest goal scorer for the Super Eagles, played for clubs like Olympiacos in Greece, Sporting Gijon in Spain, and FC Zurich in Switzerland, and in 2002, he returned to Nigeria to play for Julius Berger, and he later joined Gateway.

Daniel Amokachi | ‘The Bull’ as he is fondly called, played for teams like Club Brugge in Belgium, Everton in England, and Beşiktaş in Turkey, before returning to Nigerian in 2005 to play for Nasarawa United.

Garba Lawal | The left-footed veteran did not play for the top teams in Europe, but he played for clubs in Portugal, China, Greece, Holland, and Bulgari, before returning to Nigeria in 2007 to play for Julius Berger. He then joined Lobi Stars in 2009, where he became a player coach.

Sani Kaita | Kaita played for top clubs like Monaco in France, Sparta Rotterdam in Holland, Olympiakos Nicosia in Cyprus, and Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia. He then joined Enyimba on loan. In 2015, he moved to FC Ifeanyi Ubah.

Dele Aiyenugba | After 13 years in Israel, playing for four different clubs – Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Iksal, and Hapoel Afula – the 37-year-old goalkeeper returned to his first club, Kwara United in 2020, and he has since become the first-choice goalkeeper for the Ilorin based side.

Ahmed Musa | Musa is the national team captain and he has played for top European clubs like CSKA Moscow and Leicester City before joining Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia. He has now joined the club where he won the highest goalscorer in the NPFL as a teenager, Kano Pillars. Musa, who was unveiled by Kano state Governor Ganduje, will be with the Sai Masugida team till the end of the season.

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